Transportation to SLO CAL
You’ve chosen San Luis Obispo County as your destination, now let us help you get here. Traveling by bus, plane, car or train is made simple with our easy directions. Whether you’re coming from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Central Valley, out of state or out of the country, we’ve got you covered.
By car - San Luis Obispo County is located mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Its accessible via U.S. Highway 101, which runs north and south through the heart of the county. From interstate Highway 5, head west to the coast on State Highways 41, 46 or 166. Click here for current travel conditions.
By plane - The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport hosts two regional carriers, U.S. Airways and United Express, offering direct service to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle and Denver in addition to hundreds of connecting destinations in the U.S. and abroad. Taxis, rental cars and Ride-On Transportation shuttles are available at the airport.
By train - Amtrak’s Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner trains make daily stops at the City of San Luis Obispo Amtrak station, located near downtown. From there, board a SLO RTA bus or arrange for a Ride-On Transportation shuttle. Amtrak also has services that stop at the Grover Beach and Paso Robles stations.
By bus - Greyhound Bus offers daily service from Los Angeles, San Francisco and the San Joaquin Valley to stops throughout San Luis Obispo County.
Current Travel Conditions
Highway 1: Please note that all SLO CAL Highway 1 destinations are open and accessible via Highway 1 from the south. If coming into SLO CAL from the north or traveling north into Monterey County, please be advised of the following:
• Highway 1 is closed from Ragged Point (NW SLO County) to the Big Sur Ranger Station just before the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.
• Additionally, Highway 1 will be closed in Monterey County until further notice to replace the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, located one mile south of Big Sur.
• Northbound through-travelers on Highway 1 are encouraged to take Highway 46 East towards Paso Robles as a detour, and proceed to Highway 101 North.
• From Monterey, southbound travelers are encouraged to take Highway 68 East at Monterey, and proceed to Highway 101 South.
• Caltrans provides current Highway 1 updates as well.
Visit SLO CAL will update this page as conditions change.
Sights to See Along the Detour: Ragged Point to Monterey County
San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP)
Located just two miles south of the City of San Luis Obispo, the modern and convenient San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport serves areas as far north as Southern Monterey County and as far south as Northern Santa Barbara County. The airport offers dozens of convenient flights daily to and from San Luis Obispo County.
Visitors and residents have the choice of two commercial airlines with flights to Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Francisco. The airport is also home to full service general aviation and corporate facilities.
Service to SLO County Provided By:
San Luis Obispo County Train Stations
San Luis Obispo County is blessed with excellent Amtrak north – south train connections to Los Angeles and Oakland/San Francisco, and cities in between. Amtrak offers three train stations in the county: Grover Beach in the south (also serving nearby Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande), the City of San Luis Obispo in the center, and Paso Robles to the north.
The Pacific Surfliner travels between the cities of San Luis Obispo in the north and San Diego in the south, with stops in Los Angeles, Goleta, Santa Barbara, Grover Beach and many smaller towns in between. You can take this route by train or by Amtrak bus.
The Coast Starlight travels between Seattle in the north and Los Angeles in the south, with stops in Portland, Sacramento, Oakland, San Jose, Salinas, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach, Santa Barbara and some other locations in between.
Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach Service travels between Oakland in the north and Santa Barbara in the south, with stops in San Francisco, San Jose, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach, Santa Barbara and several towns in between.
Many hotels and some car rental companies are glad to pick up their guests from these stations. At the moment, there are three passenger trains daily, with another planned soon.
Once you are here, getting around San Luis Obispo County can be made simpler using our lists of airports, regional transit, and other tours and transportation options. Choose one of the many transportation options below for more information on traveling throughout San Luis Obispo County. Looking for great trip ideas? Check out our Blog and start planning your adventure today!