Highway 17 Express

About Highway 17

The Highway 17 Express Bus provides service between downtown Santa Cruz (Metro Center), Scotts Valley, and downtown San Jose.

Service is offered 7 days a week. On weekends, service is available from San Jose Diridon Station only. 

The H17 Express drops off on Santa Clara and 6th St. and picks up at San Fernando and 7th St. To view the schedule, click here [pdf]

Weekend Trasnfers to/from the Diridon

From San Jose Diridon Station, take the VTA Rapid 500, 64A, 64B, or 68 to the vicinity of SJSU.

From Santa Clara and 5th Street, take the VTA Rapid 500, 64A, or 64B, to Diridon Station. From 2nd Street and Paseo de San Antonio, take the 68 to Diridon Station.


Free parking is available at the Scotts Valley Transit Center. You may park free in designated Park & Ride lots [pdf] in order to meet your carpool, vanpool or to catch the bus. 

Ticket Information 

Discounted Passes:

The regular 31-Day pass is $145.00 and the 15-Ride Pass costs $94.50. Subsidized by SJSU Parking Services, TS sells the 31-Day Pass with an $11 discount and the 15-Ride Pass with a $5 discount to SJSU students and employees. Tickets can be purchasd from the AS General Services front counter by presenting a valid Tower ID. 

Effective 1/3/2022, enrolled students can obtain 20% off the regular price of 15 ride ($94.50) and 31 day passes ($145). This offer is only valid through the Spring term. Tickets must be purchased from the AS General Services Center.

Employees can still purchase discounted passes at the cost of $89.50 for the 15 ride, and $134 for the 31 day passes. The increased 20% discount is only available to students.  

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. 

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.

Discounted tickets can only be purchased at the Associated Students General Services / Transportation Solutions center cashier counter located in the Student Union, Room 1800 (by 9th Street Plaza) during office hours.

Effective 1/3/2022, we will increase the H17 Express subsidy to 20% for 15 ride and 31 day passes for Spring. 

This offer is only being offered for the Spring semester. You only have to be a student to qualify. 


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. Transportation Solutions will suspend the discount pevileges of riders purchasing tickets with the intent to resell or evade fare. Also, additional disciplinary action will be taken by the Office of Student Conduct & Ethical Development and University Police Department including criminal prosecution. 

If you are wondering what ticket to purchase based on the number of days you are commuting, please refer to the table below.

Ride Quantity Ticket Type  Price
If you have >10RT/ 31 days Buy 31 day pass $134
If you have 10 RT/31 days Buy 1 15 ride pass, 1 one-way, and 2 day passes  $124.50
If you have 9 RT/31 days  Buy 1 15 ride, 1 one-way, and 1 day pass $110.50
If you have 8 RT/31 days Buy 1 15 ride, 1 one-way $96.50
If you have 7 RT/31 days Buy 1 15 ride
You will have 1 one way left for the future
If you have 6 RT/31 days Buy 6 day passes  $84.00
If you have 5 RT/31 days Buy 5 day passes


If you have 4RT/31 days Buy 4 day passes $56.00
If you have 3RT/31 days  Buy 3 day passes $42.00
If you have 2RT/31 Days  Buy 2 day passes $28.00