The cheapest times to fly from LAX to MRY are

  • January 1st to March 11th (except the weeks of January 29th and February 26th)
  • April 2nd to April 29th (except the week of April 16th)
  • August 6th to November 4th (except the weeks of October 1st and October 22nd)
  • December 3rd to March 11th (except the weeks of December 17th, December 24th, January 29th, and February 26th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from LAX to MRY is early September. Prices can be as high as $579 for Thursday flights during mid May, or as low as $289 for Tuesday flights around early September.


When to Fly to Monterey

Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Monterey, CA (MRY) will usually cost between $295 to $341 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $307. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid May, with an average price of $362. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $55 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $325 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LAX to MRY flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the LAX to MRY route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

LAX to MRY Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LAX to MRY flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Los Angeles. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.76, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Thursdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $19 (6%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $314. Return trip prices are from the MRY to LAX flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from LAX to MRY can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 28 minutes may be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from LAX to MRY while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA

  • 54 miles (87 km) away from MRY
  • Usually 66.92% less expensive than MRY
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to SJC flights

Destination alternative #2: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, CA

  • 77 miles (124 km) away from MRY
  • Usually 57.85% less expensive than MRY
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to SFO flights

Destination alternative #3: Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK) in Oakland, CA

  • 81 miles (130 km) away from MRY
  • Usually 39.08% less expensive than MRY
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to OAK flights

Destination alternative #4: Sacramento International Airport (SMF) in Sacramento, CA

  • 146 miles (235 km) away from MRY
  • Usually 54.00% less expensive than MRY
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to SMF flights

Destination alternative #5: Merced Regional/Macready Field Airport (MCE) in Merced, CA

  • 88 miles (142 km) away from MRY
  • Usually 39.08% less expensive than MRY
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to MCE flights

Destination alternative #6: Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK) in Stockton, CA

  • 96 miles (154 km) away from MRY
  • Usually 36.92% less expensive than MRY
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to SCK flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from LAX to MRY? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Monterey Regional Airport to Los Angeles International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 266 miles or 428 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from LAX to MRY?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to MRY flight is about 1 hour 28 minutes.

How many flights go between Los Angeles, CA and Monterey, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 61 available flights from LAX to MRY.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code LAX
Origination airport name Los Angeles International Airport
City Los Angeles, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.9
Longitude -118.4

Return Airport

Destination code MRY
Destination airport name Monterey Regional Airport
City Monterey, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 36.6
Longitude -121.8


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from LAX to MRY tend to depart late far less frequently than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 23% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 51% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave MRY heading for LAX about 12 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Monterey, CA is about 8 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 12 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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