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Salinas is Strategically Located

Salinas is located within easy driving distance of several major California cities, and enjoys multiple transportation options.

Driving Distance to Major California Cities

  • 55 miles from San Jose (1 hour)
  • 120 miles from San Francisco (2 hours)
  • 175 miles from Sacramento (3 hours)
  • 320 miles from Los Angeles (5+ hours)

Options by Road

U.S. Route 101 is the main north-south highway and links Salinas to the rest of the Central Coast of California. Other major roads include State Route 68, which heads west to Monterey, and State Route 183, which runs northwest to Castroville. There are two current Caltrans projects underway in the Salinas area:
  • A $72-million US 101 improvement project near Prunedale
  • An $8.4-million improvement project of the Airport Boulevard Interchange
Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) provides bus service to the greater Monterey and Salinas areas as far south as Paso Robles and Big Sur, and as far north as Watsonville and San Jose.
Greyhound also offers service to other California cities and throughout the United States.

Options by Air

The Salinas Municipal Airport is a general aviation facility with three runways serving single and twin-engine aircraft and helicopters, as well as an increasing number of turbo-propeller and turbine-powered business jets. The airport has an air traffic control tower in operation 12 hours/day, 7 days/week.
Another option for air travel is Monterey Regional Airport. Less than 30 minutes away, this airport offers daily non-stop flights on five carriers to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas and San Diego.
In addition, the Monterey Airbus shared-ride airport shuttle service provides door-to-door ground transportation to and from San Jose International Airport or San Francisco International Airport, covering all of the Central Coast of California.

Options by Rail

AMTRAK offers daily passenger rail service, and the existing Union Pacific Railway line has options for freight capacity.