Directions & Transportation
No matter what direction you come from, there's a way up to Big Bear.
Before you head to Big Bear Lake, study maps of the area to select the route that best suits you. Sometimes GPS directions can take you on a route that’s not necessarily the most convenient. Check out the maps and directions on this page to determine what route is best for you.
The most familiar route for motorists traveling from Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and the Inland Empire is the I-210 to Hwy. 330 (through Highland). However, other routes to consider are Hwy. 38 (through Redlands) or Hwy. 18 (through Lucerne Valley) if you're travelling from Las Vegas or other desert communities.
You can also use Hwy. 18 through Crestline, however we recommend the other routes listed above.
Once you're in town, Mountain Transit provides dial-a-ride and fixed route service through Big Bear Valley. You can also take Mountain Transit public transportation from San Bernardino, Victorville, and the Lake Arrowhead areas to Big Bear Lake.
The Big Bear Trolley offers a unique riding experience every weekend! Avoid driving and get a ride through town while learning some interesting facts about Big Bear. See their website to find stops and fares.
All Mountain Transit buses are wheelchair accessible and are equipped with bike racks.
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Take the Same Routes Locals Take During Peak Periods
When leaving Big Bear during peak periods or on fresh powder days, consider traveling on Hwy. 38 toward Redlands and Hwy. 18 toward Lucerne Valley (best in snowy weather). Both routes are east of the ski resorts that ultimately take motorists west, north and south as a convenient way back home. Take it from a local, during peak periods.
- HWY 330/18 THROUGH RUNNING SPRINGS
Easiest route from most Southern California locations.
- HWY 38 THROUGH REDLANDS
It is a bit longer, but is the most scenic.
- HWY 18 THROUGH CRESTLINE/RUNNING SPRINGS
Shortest way if you are coming Hwy 210 Eastbound.
- HWY 18 THROUGH APPLE VALLEY/LUCERNE VALLEY
Less mountain driving and least amount of traffic.