How to get to Monterey
Monterey-Salinas Transit has instituted a new express bus service (Route #78) that connects Santa Cruz with the Presidio in Monterey. This service, which provides two runs per day, with each trip taking about an hour and a half between the end points, started in February, 2013.
While the route and schedules are not ideal, this service is most welcomed, since until now it has been nearly impossible to travel to Monterey using public transit. If the service proves to be popular, it could become more frequent. It would also be good if the weekday runs stopped at the Sand City Station, which would provide more direct service to CSUMB for those heading there from Santa Cruz. (See below for alternatives.)
On weekdays, buses leave the Santa Cruz METRO Center at 6:00 am and 7:05 pm, with one return trip arriving at the METRO Center at 6:22 pm.
On weekends, buses leave the METRO Center at 1:00 pm and 7:15 pm, with two return trips, arriving in Santa Cruz at 12:25 pm and 6:45 pm.
The one-way fare is $3.50 (or $1.75 if you're 65 or older). A route map and complete timetable may be found here.
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. 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.
You can get to CSUMB
Although the #78 does not stop at Marina or CSUMB, you can easily get there via the MST's Route #16, which provides hourly service from either the Sand City Station (for weekends) or the Monterey Transit Plaza—only one block from the #78's Tyler & Franklin stop— (for both weekdays and weekends).