Sea Otter’s awesome—just wish you had mass transit with round-the-clock service. In our dreams! At present, Monterey County just doesn’t have the metro systems you find in big cities.
Still, that doesn’t mean everybody has to be driving to Laguna Seca, all the time. We strongly encourage carpooling, of course; see our Parking page in the “General Information” section of the website.
And beyond carpooling, here are some alternatives to driving the entire way, every day.
A Vehicle’s Bike Rack
For most bicycle lovers, any mile of biking beats a mile of driving! If you won’t be biking all the way to Sea Otter, consider doing the bike-and-ride. Put your bike on your personal vehicle's bike rack and drive part-way, then bike the remainder. (Or, on weekdays, you may be able to put your bike on the bike rack of a local bus; see schedule below.)
Even if you're not up for biking the hills to reach Sea Otter, if you are coming from outside the area, bring your bicycle to Monterey County anyway. You’ll be glad when it comes to getting around to many other attractions; see our Visit Monterey County page. One of the most popular is our Monterey Bay Coastal Trail. Check out Tips for Bicycling in Monterey County, a comprehensive online guide provided at www.BicyclingMonterey.com. Besides Monterey County's bike map, you'll also find many route suggestions and lots of other helpful info at the Bicycling Monterey website.
Unable to bring your own bike? Consider renting one. And since bike rental demand during Sea Otter week will be high, you may want to reserve one ahead. The BicyclingMonterey.com website has a section listing Monterey County bike rental locations.
Okay, here are some things to know about biking to Laguna Seca….
If you’re biking from the Monterey side, entering Laguna Seca via South Boundary:
If you’re biking from the Salinas side, entering Laguna Seca via Highway 68:
Where to park your bike at Sea Otter?
Bikes may also be locked to a fence, signpost, or other appropriate structure throughout the entire venue. Have teens or tweens? Remind them to lock their bikes while watching the Downhill, Dual Slalom, and other events, or even for those few minutes when they dash off to a port-a-potty.
Bike valet service/bike corral is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. At those times, you may drop off your bike and walk away with a claim check, knowing your bike is under the watchful eyes of the bike valet attendants. In 2011, the bike valet parking was moved to a new location: in the Paddock Parking area right next to the Expo entrance. Look for "Expo Entrance" and "Bike Valet" on the Festival Map.
Local Bus Service (MST)
Throughout Monterey County, you may load your bike onto the rack of any large or small Monterey-Salinas Transit System (MST) bus with this exception: the only trolleys that can be counted on to have bike racks are those serving the California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB) campus.
The MST buses are happy to carry your bike—and there is no additional charge. Helpful pointers for cyclists who want to use the MST bus are provided in the “Bike-and-Ride” section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County at www.BicyclingMonterey.com. On the MST site - www.mst.org - there are bike-loading instructions at the end of the Transit Tips section; see "How to Ride"--"Rider's Guide"--"Transit Tips."
For "day of" updates: Any service updates for MST buses are provided on Twitter. If you have a Twitter account, you may follow them @mst_bus. If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still check for the updates. Simply go to Twitter.com/MST_bus to view their Twitter stream, where any current updates will remain.
Limited MST Bus Service to Laguna Seca--Weekdays Only
The following MST schedules are current. No MST service changes will take place prior to April 28, 2013.
On weekdays only, there is limited service to Laguna Seca via the MST. This bus service to Laguna Seca has very few runs; refer to route #21, Salinas-Monterey.
On arrival, know that the bus stop is at Laguna Seca on Highway 68, and it is still necessary to bike or walk (uphill) the distance remaining to Sea Otter activities.
The #21 on MST:
The #68 on MST:
In addition, you may find the limited, weekday-only service on the #68 Presidio-Salinas Express route helpful.