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Transit Connections

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.  MST provides direct service from Monterey to Santa Cruz on Line 78.  Connections between MST and METRO are also made at the Watsonville Transit Center (475 Rodriguez Street, Watsonville).  MST’s Line 27 Watsonville-Marina, 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 26, 27, 28 and 29 at the Watsonville Transit Center, or line 78 at the Santa Cruz METRO 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.
  • An MST transfer will be issued on line 78 for free travel on any one SCMTD bus with the exception of SCMTD AMTRAK Thruway Hwy 17 bus.
  • 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.

Santa Clara County

MST’s Line 55 Monterey-San Jose Express connects the Monterey Peninsula with the Santa Clara County cities of Gilroy and San Jose. Line 55 stops at the Caltrain Station in Gilroy, offering connections to both Caltrain as well local VTA buses. For the convenience of students and faculty members, Line 55 also serves San Jose State University as it travels to and from the Diridon Train Station in downtown San Jose. Here, MST customers can transfer to VTA light rail and local buses for free using their MST 31 Day Super GoPass, 31 Day Discount Super GoPass, 7 Day Super GoPass, 7 Day Discount Super GoPass. (Express buses require an additional fee). VTA daily and monthly passes are valid for a $2.50 credit on MST services. Check the transfer policies section below for more details.

Caltrain Passengers to MST:

  • MST does not honor the Clipper card.

For information call Caltrain at 800-660-4287 or visit www.caltrain.com.

Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo

MST now offers transit connections to San Luis Obispo County via Line 82 Fort Hunter Liggett-Salinas Express and Line 85 Fort Hunter Liggett-Templeton. Pick up Line 82 at the Salinas Transit Center, Santa Lucia Square in Greenfield, or Mee Memorial Hospital in King City and travel to Fort Hunter Liggett. Make a timed transfer at a bus stop located just outside the gate of the military base to Line 85, which serves Lockwood and San Miguel before terminating at the North County Transit Center in Paso Robles. Here you can transfer to San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority buses to take you further south on your journey.

San Mateo County and San Francisco

MST’s Line 55 Monterey-San Jose Express serves the Gilroy and San Jose Diridon Caltrain Stations seven days a week. Most Line 55 trips are timed to make easy transfers to Caltrain, which serves San Mateo County and San Francisco. Caltrain now operates “Baby Bullet” express trains on selected trips, making travel up to San Francisco even faster.

Transfer Policies between MST and Caltrain

  • Caltrain does not accept any MST fare media.

Caltrain Passengers to MST:

  • MST does not honor the Clipper card.

For information call Caltrain at 800-660-4287 or visit www.caltrain.com.

East Bay and Sacramento

For travel through the East Bay and up to Sacramento, MST’s Line 55 Monterey-San Jose Express connects with the Capitol Corridor trains operated by Amtrak at San Jose Diridon Station. Timed connections with these trains enable passengers to complete these longer-distance trips efficiently and conveniently.  The Capitol Corridor train offers enjoy a smooth, hassle free ride and even an on-board snack bar! While MST passes are not honored on Capitol Corridor trains, customers can purchase a train/bus combo ticket at www.amtrak.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.

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MST Bus Stop Shop
201 Pearl Street
Monterey, CA 93940

Salinas Transit Center
110 Salinas Street
Salinas, CA 93901

Marina Transit Exchange
280 Reservation Road
Marina, CA 93933

Mobility Services Center
15 Lincoln Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Hours by appointment only.

Administrative Offices
19 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Suite 200
Monterey, CA 93940