How do I get to Esalen? How far is Esalen from the Nearest Airport?
Our closest airports are Monterey (MRY), San Jose (SJC), and San Francisco (SFO). Due to a road closure to our north, travel times are increased and currently require approximately 3.5-4 hours from Monterey, approximately 5 hours from San Jose, and approximately 5.5 hours from San Francisco airport.Driving from the north:
- Follow Route 101 South to Paso Robles.
- Take exit 228 for CA-46 W toward Cambria.
- After approximately 21 miles, turn right onto CA-1 N.
- Continue on CA-1 until you reach Esalen, located at mile marker 32.4.
- take Route 101 north to San Luis Obispo, and then take Highway 1 north to Esalen.
- We are approximately 100 miles north of San Luis Obispo.
- When you reach Lucia, a bend in the road where there is a restaurant and motel, you are 10 miles south of Esalen.
- Look for the Esalen Institute sign on the left side of the highway, at mile marker 32.4.
Depending on weather conditions, there is also an alternate route for cutting off from Hwy 101 to Hwy 1 using Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. Click here for details.