Monterey Bus Trip

by Karen
(New Jersey)

Hi, can you tell me who operates the Monterey tour that you describe? The Viator website indicates that they use various companies and don't tell you until after you book. Viator also states that the tour might be in a mini bus or coach bus. We want to make sure we are on a coach bus with a restroom.


Hi Karen,

Thanks for visiting my site and for your question!

I booked through Viator also. However, I just dug up my materials from the trip and it looks like I ended up on the tour with the San Francisco Sightseeing Company.

Their direct phone number is (888) 428-6937 or you can email them at

As far as the size of the bus, I think they select the type of bus based on the number of people on the tour that day. I'm not sure how many people have to be on the tour in order to select the larger bus. We had about 25 people that day.

I would recommend calling them first to see how many others are signed up for the day you plan on going. They should be able to give you an idea on which bus they will take that day.

One word of caution though, it may change after you book. This is one of the things you will see in the fine print, as they can't guarantee which bus they will use until the day the tour leaves.

All of the tour companies work together to fill up spots on tours. This is why you will find almost the exact same tour with each tour company. Sometimes you sign up with one company and go on a tour with another company since the two didn't have enough people to go on their own. I guess this is just part of the business (as I've had this happen to me all over the world).

When you call, you may want to ask for the name of the company operating the tour that day so you can also call them to ask the question.

The great thing about this tour is that you do stop quite a few times along the way. You stop for a full restroom break about an hour and a half into the journey. You will then have two hours in Monterey, a stop in Pebble Beach and another hour in Carmel. The longest time on the bus without a stop is about two hours. Also, if the group size is small, they will pull over for any emergencies.

I also wanted to let you know that it looks like Goldstar is still running a special on this tour through San Francisco Sightseeing. It looks like it's almost 1/2 price for most of the dates in November and December. I'm not sure when you are visiting, but it's a great way to save money if you happen to visit during these days.

Click here to look at the dates and check out these discounted tickets on Goldstar.

If you decide the tour isn't the best option for you, it's easy to get to Monterey on your own. You can rent a car from any agency in SF (don't rent at the airport) and take your time driving down the coast. You can then hit the hotspots at your own pace.

Click here for a list of the top attractions in Monterey including the Monterey Aquarium, Cannery Row and Old Fisherman's Wharf. You can easily do this trip in one day.

Depending on when you get back to SF, you may have to keep the car overnight and return it in the morning. Many car rental places give you 24 hours and they close too early to return it that night. This means you'll have to find a place to park the car overnight.

I hope this information helps. Please leave a comment on this page if you have any additional questions.

If I don't hear from you, enjoy your visit to San Francisco and Monterey!

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Dec 08, 2013
Great ideas for visiting Monterey
by: Susan H.

I was just looking at this tour too. Thanks for the alternative ideas!

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