Directions, Transportation, and Lodging FAQs
Is there a Shuttle or Van Service to Esalen?
Shuttle van service is available from Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY) on Fridays and Sundays. For shuttle schedules and pricing, please click here.
What is the Road Like? Where Do I Check Road Closures?
Highway 1 north of Esalen is currently closed due to a failed bridge that must be rebuilt.
For the most up-to-date information about Highway 1 toward and through Big Sur from the north and south, please call the Caltrans Highway 1 Big Sur Hotline toll-free at (888) 836-0866.
Alternatively, you can check the Caltrans Website on their District 5 page at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm
We also recommend checking the Caltrans Facebook page for updates at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caltrans-Central-Coast-District-5/1658706...
Can I Come Take a Tour and Just Look Around?
Unfortunately, we do not offer guided public tours. To preserve the sanctity of the Esalen experience, self-guided tours and walkabouts are also prohibited.
What Time Can I Check In?
Feel free to arrive at Esalen any time after 2 pm. Room keys are available from the Gate or the Office after 2:30 pm. Room check-out is 10:30 am on the day of departure.
Can I Bring a Guest or my Spouse?
Unfortunately, no. We are small by design (with only 125 beds on property) and when you make the pilgrimage to Esalen you (and you only) become part of the community. For this reason, and to protect the privacy and experience of our other community members, we request that you not bring visitors or guests.
Is There a Pharmacy or a Doctor on Property?
We carry only basic sundries in our Bookstore. The nearest pharmacy is 40 miles away in Carmel, so you will want to make sure to bring your prescription medications with you.
Esalen does not have an on-call doctor, and there are no other medical services available on site. If you will require medical attention or supplies during your stay, please come prepared to administer to your own needs, or make advance arrangements with the Big Sur Health Center in Big Sur.
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.