Buses from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo
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There are 4 intercity buses per day from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo. Traveling by bus from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo usually takes around 9 hours and 12 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 40 minutes.
|Distance||161 mi (260 km)|
|Shortest duration||3h 40m|
|Trips per day||6|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak Thruway|
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What bus companies travel from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo?
There are two bus lines that have daily service from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo that you can search and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Amtrak Thruway usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.
Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities. Amtrak Thruway bus tickets from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo start at $44. On average, there are 2 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.
FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 3 trips per day from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo, and the average ticket for this route costs only .
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.
In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.
Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.
How long is the bus ride?
The bus takes an average of 9 hours and 12 minutes to cover the 260 kilometers from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 40 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.
What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?
Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to San Luis Obispo, book your ticket for the last day of the week.
When do the earliest and latest buses leave Los Angeles?
The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 12:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many bus trips to San Luis Obispo are there per day?
There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 6 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.
Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo; ticket prices start at $41.04.
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Where does the bus leave from in Los Angeles?
Buses to San Luis Obispo leave from 10 stations in Los Angeles.
All bus stations in Los Angeles:
592 Gayley Ave
Downtown - Vignes Lot
Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd
Anaheim Stadium Parking - 2626 E Katella Ave
Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd
Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy
Oceanside Transit Center
120 East Santa Fe Ave - Fullerton Transp Ctr
105 N Cedros Ave - Solana Beach Transit Ctr
Where does the bus arrive in San Luis Obispo?
Buses arrive in San Luis Obispo at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.
Bus stations in San Luis Obispo:
1011 Railroad Ave
1 Grand Avenue, Building 113
San Luis Obispo Bus Station
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