Land. Meet sea.
Big Sur, California Visitor Bureau   

Big Sur Visitor Bureau - How to Get Here

US Navy Blue Angels over Big Sur, California - www.visitbigsurcalifornia.com

US Navy Blue Angels over Big Sur photographed from an open rear ramp on a C130-J. Jessica/Google

By parachute: 
The coordinates are 36.2703° N, 121.8064° W
By Car:

 
Big Sur is on the Pacific coast, in between Santa Barbara and San Francisco. Big Sur is not approachable from the east, or from the west unless you're traveling by kayak. Visitors must come from the north or south on Highway 1.
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Mileage from... 

San Francisco: 120.
Santa Barbara: 150.
Fresno: 181. 
Bakersfield: 212.
Sacramento: 218.
Los Angeles: 245.
San Diego: 420. 
Las Vegas: 498.
Phoenix: 679.
Portland: 761.
Salt Lake City: 868.
Denver: 1,245.
Bar Harbor, Maine: 3,509.

Built on the side of a cliff, California Highway 1 is often under repair, like now. However, delays are rare and usually at night. Check them here.



By plane:
 
Pacific Standard Time (PST) GMT -7.

San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Miles to Big Sur: 85.
Airlines: Alaskan, ANA, American, Delta, Hawaiian, Jet Blue, Southwest, United, US Airways, Virgin America (begins May 1, 2013).
Car rentals: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Payless, Thrifty.

San Luis Obispo Airport (SBP)
Miles to Big Sur: 60.
Airlines: US Airways, United.
Car rentals: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz.

Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY)
Miles to Big Sur: 30.
Airlines: Alaska, American Eagle, Allegiant (LAs Vegas), United, US Airways.
Car rentals: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)
Miles to Big Sur: 150.
Airlines: Alaskan, American, Frontier, United, US Airways.
Car rentals: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National.

By train:

The Amtrak Coast Starlight trains runs east of Big Sur and the Santa Lucia mountains. You can disembark in Salinas, 45 minutes north of Big Sur, or at San Luis Obispo, 60 minutes south of Big Sur.