MST provides customers with easy and convenient connections to a variety of bus and rail lines for travel outside of Monterey County. Many of these transit connections honor selected MST fare media, making travel a breeze. And, since many Northern California bus and rail systems are on Google Transit, you can now plan your trip from start to finish with one easy-to-use website. See all of the destinations that you can reach via MST and its neighboring transit providers.
Santa Cruz County
Explore the other side of Monterey Bay using Santa Cruz METRO buses. Connections between MST and METRO are made at the Watsonville Transit Center (475 Rodriguez Street, Watsonville). MST’s Line 28 Salinas-Watsonville via Castroville, and Line 29 Salinas-Watsonville via Prunedale all end at the Watsonville Transit Center. Here, you can transfer to local buses serving Watsonville as well as regional buses to take you points west into Downtown Santa Cruz. Transfer here to other METRO bus lines to visit the mountains, beaches and redwood forests of Santa Cruz County.
Transfer Policies between MST and Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (METRO)
Santa Cruz METRO Passengers to MST:
- METRO transfers or day passes shall not be applied towards the purchase of any MST fare media.
- MST will accept a free valid METRO transfer as payment for passengers who board lines 28 and 29 at the Watsonville Transit Center. MST will not accept transfers issued from the SCMTD AMTRAK Thruway Hwy 17 bus.
- MST will accept the METRO senior/disabled discount photo ID for travel on any MST route along with the appropriate discount fare.
- MST does not honor METRO monthly passes.
MST Passengers to Santa Cruz METRO:
- METRO will accept free valid MST transfers for one-way travel within the METRO service area as far as Santa Cruz Metro Center. There is no additional fare to travel to Santa Cruz when boarding with an MST transfer. Obtain a transfer when you first board MST.
- METRO will accept MST senior and disabled discount photo ID.
- MST GoPasses are not honored by METRO.
For information call Santa Cruz Metro at 831-425-8600 or visit www.scmtd.com.
MST offers connecting service for passengers traveling between Greyhound stations in the Gilroy, King City, Salinas, San Jose and cities located in the Salinas Valley, Monterey Peninsula, Northern San Luis Obispo County, as well as military bases in Monterey County. Passengers may purchase a ticket from Greyhound and transfer to MST.
MST’s Salinas Transit Center (110 Salinas Street) is a short walk away from the Amtrak Station which is served by the Coast Starlight train traveling as far north as Seattle and as far south as Los Angeles. Amtrak Thruway buses also serve the Salinas train station and provide shorter trips within California, including connecting service to the Central Valley.