Highway 17 Express
Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley - San Jose
Highway 17 Express Highway 17 logo

Highway 17 Express Bus provides service between downtown Santa Cruz (Metro Center), Scotts Valley, and San Jose State University (San Fernando Street by 7th Street).

Service is offered 7 days a week. On weekends, service is available from San Jose Diridon Station only. Travel time is about 1 hour and 10 minutes between SJSU and Metro Center.

The Metro Center provides connection to other Santa Cruz Metro buses serving throughout the Santa Cruz county.
Fares for SJSU
The regular 31-Day pass is $145.00 and the 15-Ride Pass costs $94.50.  Subsidized by SJSU Parking Services, TS sells the 31-Day Pass with $11 discount and the 15-Ride Pass with $5 discount to SJSU students and employees at its center.

Current passes


Riders can pay for a one-way fare or buy a day-pass onboard the bus. For more information visit Santa Cruz Metro's Fares.

The 31-Day Highway 17 Express bus pass is valid for 31 consecutive days of unlimited rides on Santa Cruz Metro and local VTA services starting from the first day of validation by the fare box on board the bus. This pass also has a one-year “absolute” expiration date for non-validated passes. After validation the user need only swipe the card for fare. This pass is not bound by the start and end of each month. For more information on Santa Cruz Metro's fareboxes, click here.

The 15-Ride pass can be used for 15 non-consecutive rides on Highway 17 Express Bus. It is a “stored ride” pass and valid until used up. It has a one-year “absolute” expiration date for passes not validated. It can be used to pay for a single ride fare on all local Santa Cruz Metro lines and the Highway 17 Express service, it is not valid on VTA local service.

The discounted 31-Day Pass and 15-Ride Pass are only available to SJSU students and employees.



SJSU Discounted

Where to buy

One way
At SC Metro Center or at the Farebox onboard the bus
Day Pass
31-Day pass
Transportation Solutions center (located in Student Union, Room 1800 by 9th Street Plaza).
15-Ride Pass

  • Discounted tickets can only be purchased at the Associated Students General Services / Transportation Solutions center cashier counter located in the Student Union, Room 1800 (by 9th Street Plaza) during office hours.

  • TS center accepts only CASH from the University students & employees and Commuter Benefit vouchers (SJSU employees only). ATMs are available outside the Student Union building for your convenience.

  • Only one (1) discounted 31-Day Pass can be purchased at one time, additional tickets can be purchased after three weeks from previous purchase date.

  • Only one (1) discounted 15-Ride Pass can be purchased at a time, any additional 15-Ride Pass purchase is subject to a eight business day waiting period. No more than two (2) discounted 15-Ride Pass can be purchased in a single month.

  • Discounted tickets are not transferable. Transportation Solutions will suspend the discount pevileges of riders purchasing tickets with the intent to resell or evade fare. Also, additional disciplinary action will be taken by the Office of Student Conduct & Ethical Development and University Police Department including criminal prosecution.

Santa Cruz to/ from SJSU

Schedule   Trip Planner
Weekdays   The nearest stop for Highway 17 Express is on San Fernando Street by 5th Street, at the northern edge of campus.

Santa Cruz - San Jose Diridon Station

  VTA buses 63 or 64 connects San Jose Diridon Station to the northern edge of campus along San Fernando Street.
Free parking is provided at Scotts Valley Transit Center.