Travel to & About Asilomar

Getting to Asilomar

Asilomar Conference Center is located at 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. All conference sessions take place on the Asilomar grounds in Chapel. If you are lodging at Asilomar you will check in at the front desk in the Phoebe Hearst Social Hall. Parking is free on the campus as long as you are parked in a legal space (avoid the red curbs, this means 'no parking'.)

Great information on the Visit Asilomar website, too: 

Attire at Asilomar and the Weather

First, this is an INFORMAL conference. Many people will wear blue jeans! You will want to dress in layers (think vests, fleece jackets, etc.) because coastal fog will make it COLD. The facility is a campus so you will be walking OUTDOORS and you will want to dress appropriately to stay warm. It will feel COLD at some point, bring warm clothes! 

During breaks and on the Sunday free afternoon you will want to have comfortable walking shoes to explore the beach (just across the road!), visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, or for the intrepid join a group to go kayaking on the Monterey Bay (wet suit comes with kayak rental!)

Transportation for SJC or SFO Aiports

From these airports to Monterey / Asilomar you may choose to rent a car or take the Groome Monterey shuttle service (formerly known as Monterey Airbus).  From SFO to Asilomar the fee is $59 one-way and from SJC the fee is $48 one-way when you book online. The Groome website includes their schedule for to / from these major airports.

The standard shuttle stop is the 'Monterey Shuttle Stop' in downtown Monterey on 438 Calle Principal. This is 3.5 miles from Asilomar Conference Center. An Uber or Lyft from the shuttle stop to Asilomar Conference Center will be the final step of your journey.

To reserve a drop-off or pick-up at Asilomar Conference Center you must reserve your ride at least 48-hours in advance. 

You might get lucky with an Uber/Lyft from SJC or SFO, but you should NOT count on using these rideshare services from Asilomar TO the San Jose or San Francisco airports. We have had numerous experiences of drivers cancelling this long trip, especially in the morning! For travel to SJC or SFO (for your return), schedule the Groome Monterey shuttle service at least 48 hours in advance. If you reserve within 48 hours you will need to catch the shuttle at their downtown Monterey Shuttle Sto

Transportation for MRY Airport

There are no taxis, but Uber/Lyft are available. For a return to the MRY airport, if you depart early in the morning, give yourself some extra time to get a response for Uber/Lyft driver. Drivers are typically available at all hours for the quick trip to the MRY airport (10 miles).

Air Travel to Asilomar & Airport Transportation Options

Try to book flight to Monterey Regional Airport (MRY)

Due to extreme traffic from the Bay Area (SFO and SJC airports) on Friday afternoons, we suggest checking on flight availabilty into the Monterey Regional Airport located 9.3 miles from Asilomar. There is limited to no taxi service at the Monterey Airport, but rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft provide convenient transportation from this airport to Asilomar Conference Center.

San Francisco (SFO) and San Jose (SJC) Airports are also an option

Asilomar is approximately 120 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and 65 miles from San Jose International Airport (SJC). Note the driving traffic from either airport to Asilomar Conference Center can be extreme on Friday afternoons.

From these airports to Asilomar you may choose to rent a car or take the Monterey Airbus shuttle.  From SFO to Asilomar the fee is $65 one-way and from SJC the fee is $55 one-way.  Save $5 per trip if you book online at Their website has detailed pages on schedules (to airport and from airport).