The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located in Monterey at the west end of historic Cannery Row, just minutes from Carmel and Pebble Beach. Monterey is approximately 125 miles (208 km) south of San Francisco and 360 miles (600 km) north of Los Angeles.
TrolleyHop aboard the MST trolley for a fast, fun and free ride to the Aquarium! The trolley stops in downtown Monterey, Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row and the Aquarium. Look for the electric trolley in the fleet for an emission-free trip. It's a great way to beat the traffic—plus you can ride as long or as often as you like!
- May 27–June 30
10 a.m.–7 p.m. daily
- July 1–July 31
10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday–Thursday
10 a.m.–8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, plus Independence Day
- Aug. 1–Sept. 4
10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday–Friday
10 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturdays, plus Labor Day
Where to Catch the Trolley
Parking is available in the Downtown East Garage at 340 Tyler Street in Monterey for a flat fee of $7 for the entire day. There's a trolley pick-up point located just across from the garage on Tyler Street, and more in downtown Monterey.
Visit the City of Monterey's Parking Division website for extensive information on parking options, public transportation within the area and more.
Parking Garages and Lots
There are several pay parking options near the Aquarium, including:
Limited metered parking is available on the surrounding streets. Free parking is difficult to find around the Aquarium.
There is free bicycle parking across the street from the Aquarium's main entrance, near the bus turnaround. Additional bike racks are available along the recreational trail. The Aquarium is located directly on the beautiful Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. Please visit the Bicycling Monterey website for bike maps and other information.
Disabled AccessThe Aquarium strives to be fully accessible to the disabled. Public parking is not offered on site, but guests with disabilities may park for free on surrounding streets at any metered parking space by displaying a disabled person or disabled veteran placard or license plate. More public parking options are available on the City of Monterey's Disabled Parking web page or by calling (831) 646-3953. A passenger drop-off/pick-up zone is located by the Aquarium's main entrance. Learn more about our accessibility options.
The Monterey Peninsula Airport offers the convenience of a small, friendly airport with direct connections to several major cities. Please visit the Fly Monterey website for flight schedules and more information.The San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose airports are within a two-hour drive.