Highway 17 Express

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

Highway 17 Express Highway 17 logo

Highway 17 Express Bus provides service between downtown Santa Cruz (Metro Center), Soquel, 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. Limited service to/from the Soquel Park and Ride is available on weekdays during peak hours. 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.

Highway 17 Express route map
Notice of Fare Increase    
Santa Cruz Metro increased the fare for Hwy 17 Express on September 10, 2015.

The 31-Day pass increased to $145.00 and the $50 Cash Card (5-Day or 10-Ride Pass) was discontinued. The new 15-Ride Pass costs $94.50. Transportation Solutions will continue to sell the old 31-Day passes until it runs out.

Subsidized by SJSU Parking Services, TS will sell the new 31-Day Pass with $11 discount and the new 15-Ride Pass with $5 discount to SJSU students and employees from 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 (New Fare)
At SC Metro Center or at the Farebox onboard the bus
Day Pass (New Fare)
31-Day pass (Old Fare)
Transportation Solutions center (located in Student Union East Wing, 9th Street Plaza, Room 1800).
31-Day pass (New Fare)
15-Ride Pass (New Fare)

  • Discounted tickets can only be purchased at the Transportation Solutions (TS) center Cashier counter located in the Student Union, East Wing (on 9th Street Plaza), Room 1800 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. Riders purchasing tickets with the intent to resell or evade fare will have the discount privilege removed, along with additional disciplinary action by Office of Student Conduct & Ethical Development, University Police Department and criminal prosecution.


Free parking is provided at Scotts Valley Transit Center and at Highway 1/Soquel Drive.

Santa Cruz to SJSU

Northbound Schedule: Trip Planner
Access to campus (weekdays): The nearest stop for Highway 17 Express is on San Fernando Street by 5th Street, at the northern edge of campus.
Access to campus (weekends): From the San Jose Diridon Station, take eastbound VTA buses 63 or 64 to the northern edge of campus along San Fernando Street.

SJSU to Santa Cruz

Southbound Schedule: Trip Planner
Access from campus (weekdays): The nearest stop for Highway 17 Express is on San Fernando Street by 7th Street, at the northern edge of campus.
Access from campus (weekends): From SJSU, take westbound VTA buses 63 or 64 from stops on San Fernando Street by 5th or 7th streets to San Jose Diridon Station.