|Walk/bike/drive||Pacific Station (Metro Center)|
|920 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz|
|Highway 17 Express||San Jose (Diridon) Station||1 hour||$4.00||1-2 hours|
|65 Cahill St, San Jose|
|Total travel time||1 hour|
|Latest departure time||9 PM|
|Latest return time||10 PM|
Highway 17 Express Bus service between Santa Cruz and San Jose connects with Caltrain, VTA and Amtrak. Print your own wallet-size Highway 17 schedule and Highway 17 + Caltrain schedule, only available here!
You will use the Highway 17 Express to get from Santa Cruz to San Jose. The buses are modern and have reclining seats, footrests, reading lights, overhead luggage racks, and self-service under-floor luggage compartments. (You will occasionally encounter older buses that lack the under-floor luggage compartments.) You can bring food on board.
The bus leaves from a specially marked bus stop at Lane 2 of Pacific Station (Metro Center). Lane 2 is in the middle of the transit center, and to your left as you face the Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company counter.
San Jose (Diridon) Station is a major stop (and on weekends, the last stop). The automated announcement system will announce it. The bus will pass the station building and then pull in to a small transit center.
|HP Pavillion||San Jose Sharks hockey. Shows and concerts.||Leave station by front door, go left on Cahill Street. Address: 525 West Santa Clara Street|
|Pure pork sausage sign||Neon sign with dancing pig. An amusing landmark.||Leave station by front door, go right on Cahill Street, go left on San Carlos Street. Address: 105 South Montgomery Street|
|Delmas Market||Late-night variety store. Handy when coffee shop in station is closed.||Go to Pure Pork Sausage sign, continue on San Carlos Street. Address: 101 Delmas Avenue|
Photo: The pure pork sausage sign. If you are riding the Highway 17 Express to San Jose (Diridon) Station for the first time, the sign serves as a landmark; you will arrive at the station in just a few minutes.
When you are ready to return to Santa Cruz, leave San Jose (Diridon) Station by the front door, turn left, and wait at the bus stop. Do not get on the bus if the sign or the announcement says
“San Jose”. Also avoid
Pacific Station (Metro Center) is the last stop. The automated announcement system will announce it.
There’s no need to plan your San Jose trip in advance. The Highway 17 Express bus runs every one to two hours. In case you do have to wait, both ends of this itinerary have stations with indoor waiting areas, restrooms, water fountains, telephones, and food vendors.
For the Highway 17 Express, dial 1 877 9-RIDE-CC (nationwide, toll-free). Ask for schedules between Santa Cruz and San Jose.
The information on this Web page might be incomplete, out of date, or incorrect. Also, there is always a risk of delays and missed connections.
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