Esalen Emergency Closure Relief Fund

 Esalen to reopen July 28. Support us during our closure with our Emergency Closure Relief Fund.


Start Your Esalen Journey via Shuttle

Big Sur Road Closures

Due to multiple road closures in the Big Sur area, Esalen's standard shuttle service from San Francisco and San Jose airports is currently not available. A shuttle is available from the Monterery Airport, and guests flying in to San Francisco or San Jose can utilize The Monterey Airbus for transportation to Monterey. Please see below for more details.

Support Sustainability

Whether you're flying into one of Esalen's nearby airports or you live locally, using the shuttle service is a great alternative to renting a car or driving your own. You have the choice of relaxing quietly and enjoying the views along coastal Highway 1, or starting a conversation with one of the other participants sharing the ride with you. Either way, you arrive refreshed after the journey and have the satisfaction of knowing you made a sustainable choice.

Van Shuttle Service Price

  • $80 from Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY)

Price listed includes round-trip transportation and is payable upon arrival to Esalen. No discount applies if return trip is unused. Return service must be confirmed with the Esalen office at least 48 hours prior to departure.

Shuttle Service from San Francisco or San Jose Airports

For those who fly into San Francisco or San Jose, we recommend The Monterey Airbus for transportation to the Monterey airport, and from there taking the Esalen shuttle. Schedules and rates can be found at or by calling 831-373-7777. Please make sure that you schedule a trip to the Monterey Airport, as the airbus makes multiple stops in Monterey.


Van service to Esalen is offered on Friday and Sunday, coinciding with our workshop schedules.

  • From the Monterey Peninsula Airport to Esalen:
    • Depart from MRY at 9:30AM, arrive to Esalen at approximately 1:00PM
    • Depart from MRY at 3:00PM, arrive to Esalen at approximately 7:00PM
  • From Esalen to the Monterey Peninsula Airport:
    • Depart from Esalen at 1:00PM, arrive to MRY at approximately 5:00PM

Shuttle Pick-Up Location

You will meet the shuttle outside of baggage claim at the Monterey airport.

Making or Canceling a Reservation

Reservations for the shuttle van can be made when booking a workshop reservation online, or on the phone with the Esalen Reservations staff at least 48 hours before the departure date. Return service must be confirmed with the Esalen office at least 48 hours prior to departure.

Although there is no charge for canceling a shuttle reservation, we ask that you provide at least 48 hours notice.


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