Taking the Bus

Taking the Bus

Bus

It is easy to get around Santa Cruz by Bus

The Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transportation District (Santa Cruz Metro) provides public bus service to Santa Cruz County. Riding the bus is a great way to save money and reclaim your commute time for other purposes (reading, napping, etc.)

Santa Cruz Metro operates 41 service routes in Santa Cruz County, and has four transit centers that serve as hubs for the system.

Riding the Bus in Santa Cruz County

Possible destinations with Santa Cruz Metro are endless as many transit services are overlapping and interconnected. Getting to the Bay Area, out to the Central Valley or down to Southern California can be done via public transit. This section will provide some basic itineraries to get you where you need to go, but remember these are only a few of many possible trips that are available.

Santa Cruz Hot Spots by Bus

Natural Bridges: Santa Cruz Metro’s route 3 will take you to one of Santa Cruz’s best kept treasures: Natural Bridges State Park. Route 3 begins running at 6:40 am and makes its last run at 6:50 pm.

Santa Cruz Lighthouse and Beach Boardwalk: For a scenic trip to the iconic Santa Cruz Lighthouse or for fun in the sun at the world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, take Santa Cruz Metro route 7 from the downtown Metro Center. Using the route 7 bus gets you right to the Boardwalk without the need to find expensive parking.

Capitola Village: For a trip to Capitola’s picturesque wharf and seaside shopping area, simply hop on Route 66 at the Santa Cruz Metro Center. Then transfer to Route 55 at the Capitola Mall.

Watsonville Wetland Trails: Gain easy access to this great birding location by taking Santa Cruz Metro’s route 71 bus. Four miles of paved trails and 23 trail entrances in Watsonville neighborhoods offer opportunities to jog, walk or bicycle.

To the Bay Area

San Jose: From the Metro Center in Downtown Santa Cruz, board the Highway 17 Express. The fare is $5.00 each way or $10.00 for a day pass. The 17 Express will take you to the Diridon Train Station in Downtown San Jose. The Valley Transit Authority (VTA) is the public transportation provider in San Jose. The VTA provide rides throughout the San Jose area. www.vta.org

San Francisco: From the Metro Center in Downtown Santa Cruz, board the Highway 17 Express. The fare is $5.00 each way or $10.00 for a day pass. The 17 Express will take you to the Diridon Train Station in Downtown San Jose. While at Diridon Station, board Caltrain to San Francisco 4th&King Station for $7.50 each way. San Francisco MUNI is the public transportation provider in the San Francisco Area. MUNI can provide rides throughout San Francisco.

Oakland/Fremont: From the Metro Center in Downtown Santa Cruz, board the Highway 17 Express.The fare is $5.00 each way or $10.00 for a day pass. The 17 Express will take you to the Diridon Train Station in Downtown San Jose. At Diridon Station board the VTA Route 180 or 181 to the Fremont BART Station. The VTA Fare is $3.50 each way. If your destination is Fremont, then your last stop should be at the BART station. If you are traveling to Oakland, use BART to get you here.

To the Valley

ACE Train: The Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) provides service to the sub-urban cities that resided to the east of the Bay Area. The Ace Train has stops in San Jose, Santa Clara, Fremont, Pleasanton, Livermore, Tracy, Lathrop, and Stockton. For Information on fares and schedules go here to the ACE website. To get to the Ace Train: From the Metro Center in Downtown Santa Cruz, board the Highway 17 Express. The fare is $5.00 each way or $10.00 for a day pass. The 17 Express will take you to the Diridon Train Station in Downtown San Jose. The ACE Train departs from Diridon Station four (4) times a day, click here for the schedule. The ACE Train conductor will be posted at the entrance to the train track 15 minutes before the train departs. Tell him or her where you would like to go and pay your fare (cash only). The conductor will also tell you which track the train is departing from, go to that track and board the train.

Sacramento: From the Metro Center in Downtown Santa Cruz, board the Highway 17 Express. The fare is $5.00 each way or $10.00 for a day pass. The 17 Express will take you to the Diridon Train Station in Downtown San Jose. At the Diridon station, purchase tickets for the Amtrak Capitol Corridor at the ticket desk for $26.00 inside the Diridon station. The ticket agent will tell you when and what track the train is departing. Board the train when appropriate to do so. Exit in Sacramento; the Sacramento Regional Transit (Sacramento RT) is the public transportation provider in Sacramento.

To the Monterey Bay

Monterey: Monterey-Salinas Transit Bus #78 runs directly between Monterey and Santa Cruz twice per day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Check the schedule for details.

Other

Greyhound: Greyhound provides service to various locations throughout the Bay Area including San Francisco, Hayward, and Oakland from their Santa Cruz station, located within the Santa Cruz Metro Center. They also have a few buses a day to Monterey as well as service to Southern California and the Central Valley. www.greyhound.com. 831-423-1800

Programs for Bus Riders

Bikes on Buses

  • Bikes racks holding three bikes each are mounted on the front of buses for the use of Metro bus riders
  • Bus riders must place their bikes and remove them from the racks without the assistance of the bus driver
  • Contact Santa Cruz Metro for more specific information: 425-8600

Folding Bikes in Buses

  • Folding bikes can be transported inside Santa Cruz Metro buses
  • Contact Santa Cruz Metro for more specific information: 425-8600

Contact

Commute Solutions
(831) 429-POOL
info@commutesolutions.org