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How to get to Monterey

Monterey-Salinas Transit has recently added an express bus service (Route #78) that connects the Santa Cruz METRO center with the Presidio in Monterey. This service provides two round trips per day, with each trip taking a little over an hour between Santa Cruz and the Tyler & Franklin stop in downtown Monterey. The schedule and a route map for this bus is here. The one-way trip fare is $3.50 ($1.75 for 65+ or 18-).

On weekdays, buses leave the Santa Cruz METRO Center at 6:00 am and 7:00 pm, with one return trip leaving Tyler & Franklin in downtown Monterey at 5:02 pm and arriving at the METRO Center at 6:37 pm.

On weekends, buses leave the METRO Center at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm, with two return trips, arriving in Santa Cruz at 12:25 pm and 5:58 pm. (For a weekend trip you might consider spending the night in Monterey.)

Try out a bicycle ride in Monterey County

All of the Monterey-Salinas Transit buses, like our METRO buses, are equipped with bike racks on the front of the bus, including the #78. So consider taking your bike on the bus.
On weekdays, put your bike on the bus at 6:00 in the morning, get off at Marina or in downtown Monterey, and ride your bike.
On weekends, you'll have to wait until 1:00 pm to use the bus. It doesn't stop in Castroville or Marina, but you can get off in Sand City or downtown Monterey.
It's a nice ride along the coastal bike path anywhere from Castroville southward. Lots of fun, and car-free! Here is an excellent website that describes tons of suggestions for bicycling in Monterey County, and here is another that describes the “top ten” bike rides.

Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium

If you'd like to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, get off at the Tyler & Franklin stop, and board the free MST Trolley for the short ride to the aquarium. The Tyler & Franklin stop is also within easy walking distance of the wharf.

What about getting to CSUMB?

Although the #78 does not stop at CSUMB (Cal State Monterey Bay), it is possible to get there by transferring to a different route—with an additional fare of $2.50 ($1.25 for 65+)—so the total fare will be $6.00 ($3.00 for 65+).

Since the online instructions are confusing and hard to decipher, we have created the tables below to provide an accurate guide. The most convenient destination at CSUMB is the “Alumni & Visitor Center”, denoted by “AVC” in our tables. Times in bold type are after noon. On weekdays, there are very short distances to walk at transfer points—only two or three minutes.

The best instructions may be found on the Quick Trip Planner on the official site of Monterey-Salinas Transit. Please let us know if you find any errors or have suggestions. Just click here to do so. The schedules below should be current as of July 5, 2018.

Weekdays Southbound
Santa Cruz
Metro Center
Rte Transfer at Rte CSUMB
4th Ave AVC
Total
time
Del Monte at Casa Verde
6:00#787:12 – 7:28 #747:501:50
Del Monte at Beach Rd
7:00#78 7:58 – 8:14 #168:531:53
Weekdays Northbound
CSUMB
4th Ave AVC
Rte Transfer at Rte Santa Cruz
Metro Center
Total
time
Beach at Walmart to
Beach at Marina Dr
4:42#16 5:14 – 5:24 #787:501:55
Weekends Southbound
Santa Cruz
Metro Center
Rte Transfer at
Playa/Sand City
Rte CSUMB
4th Ave AVC
Total
time
1:00#78 1:56 – 2:13 #182:261:26
6:30
Saturday only
#78 7:22 – 7:46 #677:57 – 8:07
(Walk 10 min East on Divarty)
1:37
Weekends Northbound
CSUMB
4th Ave AVC
Rte Transfer at
Playa/Sand City
Rte Santa Cruz
Metro Center
Total
time
11:10#18 11:25 – 11:30 #7812:251:15
4:10#18 4:25 – 5:03 #785:581:48