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Monterey Salinas Transit (MST), Monterey Salinas Air Bus, & Amtrak Thruway all offer bus service in Monterey. The hub for all bus service is the Monterey Transit Plaza at Simoneau Plaza downtown, bordered by Munras Avenue & Alvarado, Pearl, & Tyler Streets.
MST runs city buses throughout the local area including Salinas, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Big Sur, Marina, Seaside, Monterey Airport, San Jose, & many other locations. One way fares are $2 per person on the Monterey Peninsula & an additional $2 per zone. MST also operates a DART bus which provides custom service between some Monterey areas without regular bus service and the downtown transit plaza (call for pickup 1-866-663-DART).
MST's best deal is the Wave Trolley which runs during tourist season from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, providing free transportation to various points between the Aquarium and Downtown Monterey including Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row (10am to 7pm, with a bus every 10 to 12 minutes).
The Monterey Salinas Air Bus provides 14 buses a day to San Francisco (SFO) and San Jose (SJC) Airports. The buses all depart Monterey from the transit plaza, then stop at Salinas, SJC, and SFO, taking about 1.5 hours from Monterey to SJC and just over 2 hours to SFO. Buses depart Monterey every 1.5 hours from 4am until 7pm. Reservations are recommended and they will provide shuttle service from your home or hotel to the transit plaza (831-373-7777). One way fares are $30 to SJC & $40 to SFO.
Amtrak Thruway buses operate to the regional Amtrak stations in Salinas, Merced, and San Jose. The bus to San Jose or Salinas is $8, while Merced is $29. Because Amtrak is federally subsidized, any bus trip to these cities must also be booked with a train segment on your journey to prevent unfair competition with the non-federally subsidized local buses.
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