The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) operates VISTA (Ventura Intercity Service Transit Authority) bus service throughout Ventura County as well as to Santa Barbara and Warner Center.
Routes and links to associated schedules: Coastal Express (serving Ventura, Oxnard, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, and UCSB), Highway 101 & Conejo Connection (Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks), Highway 126 (Ventura, Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Piru), East County (Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Moorpark, and Simi Valley), CSUCI - Oxnard (Oxnard and Cal State Channel Islands) and CSUCI - Camarillo (Camarillo and Cal State Channel Islands).
Service hours vary by route. On weekdays, VISTA operates between 4:30 am and 8 pm (CSU Channel Islands routes operate until 11 pm). On Saturdays, VISTA operates between 6:45 am and 6pm (Conejo Connection service to Warner Center does not operate on Saturdays). On Sundays, only VISTA 126, Coastal Express and Santa Paula/Fillmore Dial-a-Rides provide service between 6:30am and 6 pm.
VISTA operates does not operate on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
As of May 2016, one way fares are as follows:
- VISTA Fixed-Route Bus (except Conejo Connection & Coastal Express): $1.25 for adults, $.60 for 65+ seniors, disabled or ADA cardholders and free for children under 5 (accompanied by adult)
- Conejo Connection/Coastal Express: $3 for adults, $1.50 for seniors/disabled/ADA and free for children under 5.
Monthly passes are also available. Details at www.goventura.org/?q=travel-ventura/vista/fares.
If you use cash for fares, you must have exact change. Alternatively, you can prepay for fares with a Go Ventura Bus Pass. A Go Ventura Monthly Pass gets you a full month of unlimited fares. Or less frequent travelers can purchase a Go Ventura E-Purse that can be loaded with up to $200 in prepaid fare. Plus, E-Purse users receive a 10% discount on fares when they use their card. More at www.goventura.org/?q=travel-ventura/vista/go-ventura-bus-pass.
If you're a native born local like me, driving since the age of 16, perhaps the thought of taking a bus has never crossed your mind. Well, it might be worth a look! For example, perhaps you get called in for jury duty in Ventura and you live in Thousand Oaks. Instead of driving, you could park your car at the T.O. Transit Center on Rancho Road and take the Highway 101/Conejo Connection bus northbound to the Ventura County Government Center. Or say you'd like to check out the Simi Valley Town Center; you could take the East County bus there from a stop at The Oaks Mall and double your shopping pleasure. And speaking of shopping, ride the Highway 101/Conejo Connection from The Oaks to the Camarillo Premium Outlets to Pacific View Mall and back if you'd like!