Big Bear Lake travel guide

Big Bear Lake Tourism | Big Bear Lake Guide

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. Consider staying at least one whole day in Big Bear Lake to see all of its attractions.

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 April
Estimated hotel price
$208
1 night at 3-star hotel
Big Bear Lake in April
Estimated hotel price
$208
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Big Bear Lake in July, when the average temperature is 18 °C, and the highest can go up to 27 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as -7 °C, with an average temperature of 1 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in January, when precipitation is around 118 mm. In contrast, June is usually the driest month of the year in Big Bear Lake, with an average rainfall of 4 mm.

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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. The shortest flight to Big Bear Lake from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 12h.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Big Bear Lake. The train journey from Big Bear Lake to Fullerton takes 0h 39m and costs around $23 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Anaheim, expect to pay about $26 for a 0h 44m trip.

Car

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

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Big Bear Lake, including LuxXpress, FlixBus and Greyhound. From Bakersfield, the bus ride to Big Bear Lake takes 125 miles and will cost you around $29. From Paradise, the ticket costs about $146 for a journey of 255 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. The shortest flight to Big Bear Lake from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 12h.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Big Bear Lake. The train journey from Big Bear Lake to Fullerton takes 0h 39m and costs around $23 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Anaheim, expect to pay about $26 for a 0h 44m trip.

Car

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

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Big Bear Lake, including LuxXpress, FlixBus and Greyhound. From Bakersfield, the bus ride to Big Bear Lake takes 125 miles and will cost you around $29. From Paradise, the ticket costs about $146 for a journey of 255 miles.

Airports near Big Bear Lake

Airlines serving Big Bear Lake

Lufthansa
Good (4,684 reviews)
KLM
Good (837 reviews)
SWISS
Good (956 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,653 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,234 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,565 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (484 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,604 reviews)
Air France
Good (985 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,105 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,411 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,994 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,028 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (851 reviews)
LOT
Good (680 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (799 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,176 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (841 reviews)
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Where to stay in Big Bear Lake

Average rates range from around $433 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $394 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Ith Big Bear Lake Hostel & Retreat Center and Fireside Lodge.

Where to stay in popular areas of Big Bear Lake

Most booked hotels in Big Bear Lake

Robinhood Resort
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$206+
Best Western Big Bear Chateau
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$185+
Sessions Retreat & Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$176+
Holiday Inn Resort The Lodge At Big Bear Lake
3 stars
Good (7.7, Good reviews)
$230+
Motel 6 Big Bear Lake -, CA
2 stars
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
$109+

Hiring a car in Big Bear Lake

Expect to pay $1.64 per litre in Big Bear Lake (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $19.64 and $26.18. 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 car hire (Nissan Versa or similar) is, on average, 49% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Expect to pay $1.64 per litre in Big Bear Lake (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $19.64 and $26.18. 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 car hire (Nissan Versa or similar) is, on average, 49% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.