Big Bear Lake travel guide

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You're Going to Love Big Bear Lake

With a population of 5,019, Big Bear Lake is a must-see destination in California, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 10 days in order to fully appreciate everything Big Bear Lake has to offer.

Activities & attractions in Big Bear Lake

Where to Eat in Big Bear Lake

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Bone Yard Bar and Grill (560 Pine Knot Ave) and Sweet Basil Bistro (40629 Big Bear Lake Blvd) are great picks.

When to visit Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake in June
Estimated hotel price
$135
1 night at 3-star hotel
Big Bear Lake in June
Estimated hotel price
$135
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Big Bear Lake in July, when the average temperature is 64.4 °F, and the highest can go up to 80.6 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 19.4 °F, with an average temperature of 33.8 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in January, when precipitation is around 4.6″. In contrast, June is usually the driest month of the year in Big Bear Lake, with an average rainfall of 0.2″.

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How to Get to Big Bear Lake

Plane

Although Big Bear Lake doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Ontario Airport (ONT), which is located 41 miles from Big Bear Lake. Los Angeles Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, Air China and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest domestic flight to Big Bear Lake departs from Las Vegas and takes around 1h 11m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Big Bear Lake. The train journey from Big Bear Lake to Burbank takes 0h 27m and costs around $11 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Fullerton, expect to pay about $14 for a 0h 36m trip.

Car

Another option to get to Big Bear Lake is to pick up a car rental from Los Angeles, which is about 81 miles from Big Bear Lake. You’ll find branches of Priceless and Kyte, among others, in Los Angeles.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Big Bear Lake, including Bus, Greyhound and FlixBus. From Santa Ana, the bus ride to Big Bear Lake takes 65 miles and will cost you around $11. From Palm Springs, the ticket costs about $26 for a journey of 105 miles.

Plane

Although Big Bear Lake doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Ontario Airport (ONT), which is located 41 miles from Big Bear Lake. Los Angeles Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, Air China and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest domestic flight to Big Bear Lake departs from Las Vegas and takes around 1h 11m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Big Bear Lake. The train journey from Big Bear Lake to Burbank takes 0h 27m and costs around $11 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Fullerton, expect to pay about $14 for a 0h 36m trip.

Car

Another option to get to Big Bear Lake is to pick up a car rental from Los Angeles, which is about 81 miles from Big Bear Lake. You’ll find branches of Priceless and Kyte, among others, in Los Angeles.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Big Bear Lake, including Bus, Greyhound and FlixBus. From Santa Ana, the bus ride to Big Bear Lake takes 65 miles and will cost you around $11. From Palm Springs, the ticket costs about $26 for a journey of 105 miles.

Airports near Big Bear Lake

Airlines serving Big Bear Lake

Lufthansa
Good (4,390 reviews)
KLM
Good (801 reviews)
SWISS
Good (901 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,143 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,598 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,226 reviews)
Air France
Good (959 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,517 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (470 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,813 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,452 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,080 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (218 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,290 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (797 reviews)
Finnair
Good (902 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,088 reviews)
LOT
Good (672 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (860 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,137 reviews)
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Where to stay in Big Bear Lake

Average rates range from around $295 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $255 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Big Bear Lake

Most booked hotels in Big Bear Lake

Lagonita Lodge
3 stars
Excellent (8.7, 639 reviews)
$80+
Castle Wood Theme Cottages- Couples Only
3 stars
Excellent (8.8, 132 reviews)
$239+
Gold Mountain Manor
4 stars
Excellent (9.7, 12 reviews)
$216+
Robinhood Resort
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, 658 reviews)
$118+
Deep Creek Motel
2 stars
Excellent (8.8, 25 reviews)
$121+
Best Western Big Bear Chateau
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, 901 reviews)
$129+

Renting a car in Big Bear Lake

Renting a car in Big Bear Lake costs $54 per day, on average, or $538 if you want to rent if for 10 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 20% more expensive than at Los Angeles.

Expect to pay $3.48 per gallon in Big Bear Lake (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $41.79 and $55.72. The most frequently booked car type in Big Bear Lake is Full-size (GMC Yukon or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Chevrolet Spark or similar) are, on average, 55% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Big Bear Lake costs $54 per day, on average, or $538 if you want to rent if for 10 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 20% more expensive than at Los Angeles.

Expect to pay $3.48 per gallon in Big Bear Lake (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $41.79 and $55.72. The most frequently booked car type in Big Bear Lake is Full-size (GMC Yukon or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Chevrolet Spark or similar) are, on average, 55% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.