First Night Buses and Where to Park

The Bus

Part of the First Night Monterey experience is taking the First Night bus, and MST makes it easy! First Night buses are FREE when you wear your First Night Admission Button, thanks to the generosity of MST! FNM urges patrons in all Monterey Peninsula cities to ride the bus to First Night.

Parking

Note: FNM does not provide valet parking. The FNM footprint is closed to all vehicular traffic, including bicycles (except when walked) and dogs.
If you come by car,

  • Park and lock your car at the Del Monte Shopping Center, near Macy's Furniture Gallery (MAP)
  • FREE buses will pick you up at MST bus stop kiosk in front of the Macy's Furniture Gallery every 15 minutes beginning at 3PM
  • Buses will take you to the downtown Monterey MST Transit Center at Alvarado and Pearl (Simoneau Plaza) (MAP)
  • Catch the bus back to Del Monte Center at the Simoneau Plaza Transit Center anytime before 1AM

If you choose to ride your bicycle, there is bicycle parking near the shuttle bus stop at Del Monte Center, where you can catch a late-night bus to return home. There are also bicycle racks located throughout downtown Monterey along Alvarado Street - and including larger racks at the Sports Center, near Peet's, near Aquarian bicycles and near Pino's at the end of Portola Plaza, as well as at both wharves. Please be courteous and walk your bike within the FNM footprint. Bicycles are not permitted inside any venue.

Lock your vehicles and keep packages out of sight. First Night is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Regular MST Bus Service:


On December 31 MST will provide service for routes at normal rates, or FREE beginning at 3PM for those First Nighters who have their FNM button! Visit www.mst.org or call 1-888-MST-BUS1 (1-888-678-2871) for route and schedule information.

Getting there: For those wearing First Night buttons, free rides are available on all operating MST lines beginning at 3 p.m.

Getting home (from the Monterey Transit Plaza):

NEW MONTEREY: Board lines 1 or 2. Last trip departs at 1:00 AM.

PACIFIC GROVE: For service to Forest Hill and downtown Pacific Grove, board lines 1 or 2. Last bus departs at 1:00 AM.

CARMEL & CARMEL VALLEY: Board line 24 Carmel Rancho with the last trip departing at 12:45. Trips leaving the Monterey Transit Plaza at 12:20 AM and 12:45 AM will continue to Carmel Valley upon request.

SEASIDE & SAND CITY: Board JAZZ A Sand City via Hilby with the last trip departing at 2:30 AM. Or board JAZZ B Sand City via Broadway with the last trip departing at 12:45 AM.

MARINA & SALINAS: For direct service to Salinas via Marina board line 20 with the last trip departing at 12:45 AM. Service to the CSUMB Quad, Preston Park, and Schoonover Park available upon request for trips leaving Monterey Transit Plaza after midnight. Upon arrival at the Salinas Transit Center, buses will continue to Northridge shopping center via line 49 upon request. Our regular Saturday line 20 will operate from Sand City Station until 2:49 AM. Catch JAZZ A at Monterey Transit Plaza to access this service.

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