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visiting carmel- fly nonstop to oakland or connect to san jose?

visiting carmel- fly nonstop to oakland or connect to san jose?

Old Feb 24th, 2005, 12:12 PM
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visiting carmel- fly nonstop to oakland or connect to san jose?

I'm meeting up with some friends who are flying to san jose and driving from there. The trip overall would be much speedier with the nonstop flight, but wondering how bad the traffic is to/from oakland if I arrive at 2pm and leave at 930 am.
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 12:24 PM
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Have you considered a connecting flight to MRY? Leaving Oakland and driving to Monterey should take about 3-3.5 hours at that time of day, if it is not a weekend.
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 12:46 PM
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Would love to fly into monterey but wonder if paying more than twice the cost for the other airports is worth it. Also, would probably require two connections for me, still worth it? Any hints to find low fares to monterey?
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I would fly into the Bay Area and drive. Flights to Monterey come at a premium. It's a matter of priorities though - I am a budget traveller, so I don't mind taking extra time if it means saving a significant amount of money. For other people, it would be worth paying the money to avoid the traffic hassles and the time it takes to make the drive.

From OAK to SJC is basically a straight shot down Hwy 880, although traffic can get bad and there is a perpetual state of construction on that road. Without traffic, this is a 30-45 minute drive.

On weekdays, traffic gets heavy around 3, so if you get in at 2, get your bags and a car, you will hit the beginning of the commute, so I would plan on the drive taking an extra 30 minutes. Same with the drive back to OAK from SJC. If you are on the road before 7, you should fly through, if you are on the road after 7:30 or 8, you will be in some heavy traffic.
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 02:47 PM
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Thanks, those details about traffic expectations are helpful. Even if the trip from oak to sjc takes an hour, it's probably worth it. What would you say the total travel from oak to carmel is on a friday at 2pm and a monday am?
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Personally, I will almost always choose an extra hours drive over taking a connecting flight, but with these two airports, and the time of day, I would lean toward doing the connection and flying to SJC. Rush hour starts early on Fridays, and that stretch of 880 between Oakland and San Jose is notorious for traffic. Getting to Oakland on Monday AM wouldn't be pretty either. If you get on the road at 6am in Carmel, you hit San Jose traffic at 7:30, and it will be a slow grind from then on.
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