Fares

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Notice: Amtrak Highway 17 Express Fare Increases Effective September, 10 2015

                    • Increase of Base Fare (Cash) from $5 to $7
                    • Increase of Day Pass from $10 to $14
                    • Discontinuation of 5-Day Pass (valid but no longer sold as of 9/10/2015)
                    • Increase of 31-Day Pass from $113 to $145
                    • Increase of Discount Fare from $2.50 to $3.50
                    • Introduction of a new 15-Ride pass for $94.50
 Local Service in Santa Cruz CountyAmtrak/Highway 17 Express
CashDay
Pass
3-Day
Pass
7-Day
Pass
31-Day
Pass
15-Ride
Pass
CashDay
Pass
5-Day
Pass
31-Day
Pass
Adult (age 18 and over) $2 $6 $15 $32 $65 $27 $5 $10 $42 $113
Youth (through age 17) $2 $6 $15 $32 $48 $27 $5 $10 $42 $113
Discount Fare (Must present Discount Photo ID) $1 $3 $7.50 $16 $32 $13.50 $2.50 N/A N/A N/A
Children (less than 46" tall) All buses have 46" height marked at the entrance. A limit of three children can ride FREE with a fare-paying passenger.
Cash Fares: Please have exact change ready when boarding the bus.
Dollars and larger bills are accepted, but Operators do not make change.

Pass and Transfer Details

  • NOTICE: Clipper Cards are NOT honored for upgrades on any Santa Cruz METRO bus service
  • Santa Cruz METRO Local Day Passes (Day, 3-Day, 7-Day, 31-Day)
    • Allow unlimited rides on Local Santa Cruz County routes (excluding Amtrak/Highway 17 Express )
  • Amtrak/Highway 17 Express Service
    • Day Passes (Day, 5-Day, 31-Day)
      • Allow unlimited rides on ALL Santa Cruz METRO routes and designated Local VTA Services
      • Discounts apply at the time of Day Pass purchase:
        • pay only $7 when you exchange your METRO Discount Day Pass (credit $3)
        • pay only $4 when you exchange your regular METRO Day Pass (credit $6)
        • pay only $4 when you exchange your regular VTA Day Pass
        • pay only $7.50 when you exchange your VTA Discount Day Pass
        • pay only $5 when you exchange your VTA Youth Day Pass
        • pay only $2 when you display a paper VTA Express Day Pass
    • Amtrak through-tickets to or from Santa Cruz are honored
    • VTA Light Rail Transfers are issued by request ONLY with Highway 17 Express Cruz Pass
    • UCSC student ID cards and other types of UCSC bus passes are NOT honored
  • Please refer to our Transfer Policy for complete details on transfers to and from VTA and MST service