For other places with the same name, see Salinas (disambiguation).

Salinas (population 150,000) is in California, 20 minutes inland from Monterey Bay in a region known as the Central Coast. Salinas was the home of writer and Nobel Prize laureate John Steinbeck. It claims to be the "Salad Bowl of the World."



 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 62 64 65 67 68 70 71 73 74 73 68 62
Nightly lows (°F) 40 42 43 45 48 51 53 54 52 48 43 40
Precipitation (in) 3.1 3.0 2.7 1.0 0.5 0.1 -77.8 0.0 0.2 0.6 1.8 2.4

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in

Salinas is served by Amtrak's Coast Starlight. An Amtrak-provided bus connects the Salinas Station to a few major hotels in Monterey and downtown Carmel.

Salinas also has a Greyhound bus station, which travelers can come to via many major California cities.

Use CalTrain to get to Salinas from San Francisco or San Jose. Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) buses connect to CalTrain at San Jose, Morgan Hill and Gilroy. (Morgan Hill and Gilroy stations are only open weekdays.) These buses will deposit you in Monterey; from there you can connect to another MST bus to Salinas.

Get around

Oldtown Salinas is very walkable. It has many stores, restaurants and galleries. It is also the location of the Transit Plaza, providing access to the Amtrak train and the bus system.

Public buses from Monterey-Salinas Transit are plentiful. They also provide access to the Monterey Peninsula.

Getting around by automobile is easy. Parking is plentiful and often free.




The Salinas Auto Mall, Northridge, Westridge, Harden Ranch Plaza, Santa Rita Plaza and Sherwood shopping centers cater to shoppers with a variety of needs. Oldtown Salinas draws antique lovers and a specialty gift clientele.




Go next

Routes through Salinas

San Jose San Juan Bautista  N  S  Soledad San Luis Obispo
Pacific Grove Monterey  W  E  END

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