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Monterey to Oakland drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets


Monterey to Oakland road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Monterey to Oakland. If you're planning a road trip to Oakland, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Monterey and Oakland. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Monterey
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:18 am  San Jose
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:18 pm
drive for about 39 minutes

12:57 pm  Santa Cruz
eat at Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:57 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:22 pm  San Francisco
stay for about 4 hours and leave at 7:22 pm
drive for about 20 minutes

7:42 pm  arrive in Oakland
eat at Chez Panisse

driving ≈ 3.5 hours


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Monterey, California.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.



How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.



Where should I stop along the way?

San Jose  (39 answers)
    The Tech Museum of Innovation  (3 mentions)
    San Jose Museum of Art  (3 mentions)
    Santana Row  (3 mentions)
    Winchester Mystery House  (2 mentions)
    California's Great America  (2 mentions)
    questions about San Jose:
        Best missions to see & other good activities for kids
        Neighborhood for young professional in San Jose
        Hotels with airport parking in San Jose
        What's the best neighborhood in San Jose for a first time visitor?
        Free things to do in San Jose?
Santa Cruz  (85 answers)
    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk  (20 mentions)
    Natural Bridges State Beach  (4 mentions)
    The Mystery Spot  (4 mentions)
    Santa Cruz Beach  (4 mentions)
    Seabright State Beach  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Santa Cruz:
        Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
        Marianne's Ice Cream‎
    questions about Santa Cruz:
        Activities during reunion in santa cruz
        What are some must places to go to in Santa Cruz, CA
        Names of beaches that aren't so crowded
        Best Things To Do In Santa Cruz?
        Are there any good restaurants in Santa Cruz?
San Francisco  (606 answers)
    Golden Gate Bridge  (130 mentions)
    Golden Gate Park  (112 mentions)
    Alcatraz  (85 mentions)
    Fisherman's Wharf  (82 mentions)
    Union Square  (79 mentions)
    restaurants around San Francisco:
        Ike's Place
        Swan Oyster Depot
        Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
        Kokkari Estiatorio
        Tartine bakery
    hotels around San Francisco:
        Top of the Mark
        Hotel Vitale
        The Fairmont San Francisco
        San Francisco Marriott Marquis
        Cavallo Point
    questions about San Francisco:
        Best seafood restaurant in S.F.?
        What are the top 5 can't miss tourist attractions in S.F.?
        Best activities for kids
        What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?
        Any restaurant recommendations greatly appreciated for a girls trip




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Oakland, California.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.



Where's the best place to eat in Oakland?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Chez Panisse, which was mentioned 9 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Arinell Pizza Inc  (6 mentions)
The Trappist  (4 mentions)
Comal  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Oakland? Click the blue button below.





What are some things to do in Oakland?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Lake Merritt  (16 mentions)
UC Berkeley  (8 mentions)
Jack London Square  (7 mentions)
Ici Ice Cream  (5 mentions)
College Ave  (5 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Oakland. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Jack from England asked:
What is Oakland like?  (7 answers)

profile  Jillian from Los Angeles asked:
First time in Oakland with 1 day to explore  (7 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Oakland?  (5 answers)

profile  Sheldon from asked:
A good neighborhood in Oakland for rental?  (3 answers)

profile  Allie from Portland asked:
Best bites to eat in Oakland?  (2 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Oakland.





Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Oakland to Monterey drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Monterey to Oakland. Or get a full Monterey to Oakland flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Monterey well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Monterey!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 111 miles
driving time of 1 hour, 58 minutes
167 Monterey travel answers
39 San Jose travel answers
85 Santa Cruz travel answers
606 San Francisco travel answers
46 Oakland travel answers





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