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Directions & Parking

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.

Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership

Educators and students participating in classes and activities at our Bechtel Education Center should note that it’s located at 625 Cannery Row, a few blocks from the Aquarium.

Directions to the Bechtel Center


Looking to charge your electric vehicle?

Popular charging stations close to the Aquarium are located at the Downtown West Garage, Best Western and Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.

You can search for additional charging stations at

Hop Aboard the Free Trolley!

Ride the trolley between downtown Monterey, Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row and the Aquarium. It's fast, fun and free!

Trolley details


A passenger drop-off/pick-up zone is located by the Aquarium's Main Entrance.

The Aquarium strives to be fully accessible to all. While we don’t offer public parking on site, 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.

Learn more about our accessibility options

Bicycle Parking

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. Visit the Bicycling Monterey website for bike maps and other information

More Public Transportation Options

Visit the City of Monterey's Parking DivisionFor extensive information on parking options, public transportation within the area and more.