Getting To and Around Big Bear

Getting Around

Getting To Big Bear


Driving up to Big Bear is easy and there are four main routes that run into Big Bear. Coming from LA, Orange County, San Diego and Inland Empire the most popular route is I-210 to Hwy 330. Other routes to consider are Hwy 38 which is just off 330 and offers a leisurely scenic pace, and Hwy 18 which is the best route through the high desert and San Fernando Valley. The route you choose depends on whether you would like to take your time and enjoy the scenery or if you wish to bypass all that and be straight at your destination! 

Tip: Highway 38, while being the most scenic route to take, is not your best bet as Caltrans is making repairs on this route through Spring of 2016 and traffic is down to one lane only. With commuter delay times up to 30 minutes during this project, motorists are encouraged to use SR 330 and SR 18 as the way into Big Bear. 

Directions and Maps into Big Bear Found Here


Big Bear Lake is served by Palm Springs Municipal Airport (Palm Springs, CA)

The nearest major airport is LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT / KONT). This airport has international and domestic flights from Ontario, California and is 59 miles from the center of Big Bear Lake, CA. 

Another major airport is Palm Springs International Airport (PSP / KPSP), which has international and domestic flights from Palm Springs, California and is 86 miles from Big Bear Lake, CA.

Getting Around Big Bear

Stop by the Visitors Center - They’ll help you with maps, calendars of events and anything you’ll need to know about the area.