Getting There & Away
Although Hwy 1 is popular with cyclists and there are bus connections, you will almost certainly need a car to explore this region. Those headed to the far north and on a schedule should take Hwy 101, the faster, inland route, and then cut over to the coast. Windy Hwy 1 hugs the coast, then cuts inland and ends at Leggett, where it joins Hwy 101. Neither Amtrak nor Greyhound serve cities on coastal Hwy 1.
Amtrak operates the Coast Starlight between Los Angeles and Seattle. From LA, Amtrak buses connect to several North Coast towns, including Leggett ($87, 11 hours, two daily) and Garberville ($87, 11½ hours, two daily).
Brave souls willing to piece together bus travel through the region will face a time-consuming headache, but connections are possible to most (but certainly not all!) towns in the region. Greyhound runs buses between San Francisco and Ukiah ($44, three hours, daily), Willits ($44, 3½ hours, daily), Rio Dell (near Fortuna; $57, six hours, daily), Eureka ($57, 6¾ hours, daily) and Arcata ($57, seven hours, daily).
The Mendocino Transit Authority operates bus 65, which travels between Fort Bragg, Willits, Ukiah and Santa Rosa daily, with an afternoon return ($26.25, three hours, four daily). Bus 95 runs between Point Arena and Santa Rosa via Jenner, Bodega Bay and Sebastopol ($8.25, 3¼ hours, daily). Bus 75 heads north every weekday from Gualala to the Navarro River junction at Hwy 128, then runs inland through the Anderson Valley to Ukiah, returning in the afternoon ($6.75, 2½ hours, daily). The North Coast route 60 goes north between Navarro River junction and Albion, Little River, Mendocino and Fort Bragg, Monday to Friday ($2.25, 1½ hours, two daily).
North of Mendocino County, the Redwood Transit System operates buses ($3) Monday through Saturday between Scotia and Trinidad (2½ hours), stopping en route at Eureka (1¼ hours) and Arcata (1½ hours). Redwood Coast Transit runs buses Monday to Saturday between Crescent City, Klamath ($1.50, one hour, five daily) and Arcata ($30, two hours, three times daily), with numerous stops along the way.
Arcata-Eureka Airport is located north of McKinleyville on the North Coast, signposted west of Hwy 101. Alaska Airlines, Penair, Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines are the main carriers to operate national flights to/from here but fares tend to be high. Flights come and go from several major Californian cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and San Diego. There are also regular flights from other US cities, including New York, Denver, Phoenix and Portland (Oregon).
In the far north of the region, Crescent City is home to the tiny Del Norte County Regional Airport. Alaska Airlines and Penair are the main carriers to serve this airport. Most flights contact with the nearby hubs of Arcata-Eureka Airport and Portland Airport in Oregon, from where there are connecting flights to US cities further afield.