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.
All Aboard the MST Trolley!Enjoy a fast, fun and free ride to the Aquarium aboard the MST Trolley. The zero-emission, wirelessly-charged electric trolley operates from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and on certain holidays. It stops at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf and downtown Monterey.
Find trolley details on the City of Monterey's website
Visit the City of Monterey's Parking Division website for extensive information on parking options, public transportation within the area and RV parking.
Take the free electric trolley on weekends from downtown Monterey! It's a great way to avoid parking and traffic congestion.
Metered ParkingLimited metered parking is available on the surrounding streets. Free parking is difficult to find around the Aquarium.
Parking Garages and Lots
There are several pay parking options near the Aquarium, including:
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.
The 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 Persons 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.