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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo?

Lowest Price$42.73
Fastest Train4h 10m
Trains Per Day5
Train Lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Can you take a train all the way from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

What is the price of a train ticket from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo?

In the last month, $57.60 was the average price of a train ticket from Los Angeles, CA to San Luis Obispo, CA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 16 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $5.70 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo?

The distance between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo is approximately 161 miles, or 260 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 5 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 10 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo are the most crowded on Tuesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Friday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Los Angeles at 9:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. 4 of these are direct connections to San Luis Obispo. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo for $66.77.

Which train should you take from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo?

There are 3 train lines with service from Los Angeles, California to San Luis Obispo, California. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 3 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak35h 6m$59.71
Amtrak Coast Starlight14h 57m$45.11
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner15h 5m$57.36

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles has 3 stations where passengers can board the train to San Luis Obispo:

  • Union Station
  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd

Where is the train station in San Luis Obispo?

San Luis Obispo receives travelers from Los Angeles at its two active train stations:

  • 1011 Railroad Ave
  • 1 Grand Avenue, Building 113

Price trends for trains from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo

Average prices by travel date

$80$53$27JanFeb

Monthly average prices

$67$53$40$27$13FMAMJJASONDJ

Prices as travel date approaches

$67$53$40$27$133020100

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Los Angeles, CA to San Luis Obispo, CA
5.0
Based on 4 ratings and reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Coast Starlight report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 75 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.8
Staff
4.8
Value
3.5
Condition
4.5
Ginger
5.0
January 24, 2020Couples trip
Pros
The ability to see and appreciate your surroundings. Can’t do that with driving.The ability to see and appreciate your surroundings. Can’t do that with driving.
Cons
Wi-fiWi-fi
Tips
Bring some snacks n magazinesBring some snacks n magazines
Juan
5.0
October 8, 2019Solo travel
Pros
I am very happy, because I made the right choice! Too beautiful! I mean the scenery is beautiful!I am very happy, because I made the right choice! Too beautiful! I mean the scenery is beautiful!
Tips
If you love highway one, you'll love the railway even more! Be sure to try it!If you love highway one, you'll love the railway even more! Be sure to try it!
Katya
5.0
May 25, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The train was very comfortable and provided ample time for scenic viewing and picture-taking. The staff was most friendly and helpful. It was an altogether memorable experience. Also, with so much guidance and help by the staff, I got over my fear of being lost! Yippee!...The train was very comfortable and provided ample time for scenic viewing and picture-taking. The staff was most friendly and helpful. It was an altogether memorable experience. Also, with so much guidance and help by the staff, I got over my fear of being lost! Yippee!!!More
Cons
More frequent checking of restrooms to see if toilet paper or paper towels are needed. More frequent checking of restrooms to see if toilet paper or paper towels are needed.
Tips
If you have a knee problem, you can ask for a handicapped seat where you’ll meet the loveliest and chattier people ever. Also, if you can’t carry your suitcase upstairs, the courteous staff will do their best to help you. In addition, if you’re reluctant to travel by tr...If you have a knee problem, you can ask for a handicapped seat where you’ll meet the loveliest and chattier people ever. Also, if you can’t carry your suitcase upstairs, the courteous staff will do their best to help you. In addition, if you’re reluctant to travel by train, don’t be; it’s a breeze.More

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