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, Morgan Hill and San Jose. Line 55 stops at the Caltrain Stations in Gilroy and Morgan Hill, 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.
Transfer Policies between MST and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)
MST Passengers to VTA:
- MST 31-Day Super GoPass, Discount 31-Day Super GoPass, 7-Day Super GoPass, and Discount 7-Day Super GoPass are valid for a local fare credit on VTA services.
VTA Passengers to MST:
- VTA Local Adult, Youth or Senior/Disabled Day Pass is valid for $2.50 credit on MST services.
- VTA Adult, Youth or Senior/Disabled Monthly Pass is valid for a $2.50 credit on MST services.
- VTA Express Day Pass, Express Monthly Pass or Express Eco-Pass (E) is valid for unlimited travel on MST services.
- MST does not honor VTA regular ECO Passes.
- VTA Youth Summer Blast Pass is valid for a $2.50 credit on MST services.
- MST does not honor the Clipper card.
For information call VTA at 408-321-2300 or visit www.vta.org.
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 83 Fort Hunter Liggett-Paso Robles Express. 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 83, 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, Morgan Hill 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’s Salinas Transit Center (110 Salinas Street), is a short walk away from the Greyhound Station (17 West Gabilan Street), where northbound and southbound intercity coaches connect Salinas with the Bay Area, Los Angeles and beyond. In addition, MST’s Line 55 Monterey-San Jose Express stops right in front of the San Jose Greyhound station at 70 South Almaden Street.
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. For the convenience of transferring passengers, MST’s Line 29 Watsonville-Salinas serves the train station on request.