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About San Luis Obispo

San Luis is a remarkable city known for accommodating travelers with different intents - those looking for nightlife, a laid-back experience, or a healthy mix of both. It is also known for its outstanding farmers' market with some of the best fruits and veggies in all of California. The historic Spanish Mission, art galleries, museums, wine, craft beer tasting room, and great restaurants can provide any type of fun you're looking for in the Sunshine State.

Want a truly unique experience? Swing by Bubblegum Alley, with walls lined with chewed bubblegum. Leave some yourself to make your mark! Or, for more traditional art, visit the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, with galleries displaying work by contemporary California artists.

SLO has two major bus and train stations in San Luis - 1011 Railroad Ave and Grand Avenue, Building 113. FlixBus and Amtrak Thruway buses both service the town for bus transport, and Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight provide train options. There is also a county airport that lets you fly in from wherever you are in the world and is located just two miles from the main city.

What train companies travel to San Luis Obispo, California?

Located in California, San Luis Obispo is accessible by train from 35 other cities. You can choose from 209 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to San Luis Obispo on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to San Luis Obispo are also available..

Train companies serving San Luis Obispo

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak1196h 46m$94.28
Amtrak Coast Starlight236h 54m$120.49
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner225h 34m$61.91
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.

  • The Coast Starlight is an Amtrak train that travels the entire length of the West Coast, connecting Los Angeles to Seattle. The route starts hugging the California coastline, treating passengers to swoon-worthy views of the Pacific, before continuing into the verdant forests of the Cascade Mountains. The Coast Starlight indisputably earns its spot among the most scenic Amtrak train routes. Seating options include Coach or Business Class and roomettes or bedrooms for extra space.

  • The Pacific Surfliner is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs along the Pacific coast of Southern California, connecting San Luis Obispo to the north with San Diego to the south. The line is among the most famous Amtrak routes due to the unique scenic views it presents, as the train parallels the coastline for large portions of the 268-mile railroad stretch. The Pacific Surfliner offers first-class amenities like onboard restrooms, free WiFi, seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as storage racks for surfboards.

Which train carrier has the best service to San Luis Obispo?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to San Luis Obispo by train with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner giving them a 4.3 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Coast Starlight had the most comfortable train service to San Luis Obispo taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Coast Starlight offers. They rate Amtrak Coast Starlight a 4.7 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to San Luis Obispo punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Coast Starlight has the best on time performance on their train schedules to San Luis Obispo, rating them a 4.4 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$23.29 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to San Luis Obispo, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on trains from your city to San Luis Obispo. In the last month, trains from Guadalupe to San Luis Obispo had the lowest average price at $23.29.

The busiest train station in San Luis Obispo is 1011 Railroad Ave. As San Luis Obispo's main station, it has the most trains coming and going. However, a popular alternative is 1 Grand Avenue, Building 113.

The closest airport to San Luis Obispo is San Luis County Regional Airport (SBP), it is located 3.3 miles from the city center of San Luis Obispo.
San Luis Obispo ranks number 14 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 82 in United States. San Luis Obispo ranks number 9 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to San Luis Obispo via train service. On average 77 direct daily train trips serve San Luis Obispo.
The population of San Luis Obispo is 47339. San Luis Obispo ranks number 52 in terms of population in California and number 241 in all of United States.
Train tickets to San Luis Obispo range from $23 for a short trip to San Luis Obispo, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to San Luis Obispo starts at , and a longer trip by train to San Luis Obispo can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $156.
People who take the train to San Luis Obispo are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to San Luis Obispo easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest train station to the city center of San Luis Obispo is 1011 Railroad Ave, located just 0.5 miles away. Select 1011 Railroad Ave as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of San Luis Obispo. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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