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Los Angeles-San Luis Obispo Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

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

Lowest price€26.76
Fastest train4h 10m
Trains per day6
Train lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train 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, train 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 train 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 train.

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.

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, €37.02 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 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €4.09 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 13 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 Sunday. 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 Wednesday 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 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 20:00. 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 6 scheduled trains on most days. 5 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 €41.82.

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 4 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak45h 16m€38.78
Amtrak Coast Starlight14h 58m€30.90
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner15h 6m€36.30

Amtrak train tickets from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo start from €28, and on average cost €39. Daily there are 4 Amtrak schedules to San Luis Obispo. Amtrak in Los Angeles leaves from Union Station and 3 other stations. And in San Luis Obispo trains arrive at 1011 Railroad Ave and one other train station. From Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo train travel on Amtrak takes 5 hours and 16 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Luis Obispo faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 10 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 19 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay €40 for a one-way train ticket to San Luis Obispo.

Amtrak Coast Starlight train tickets from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo start from €27, and on average cost €31. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Coast Starlight schedules to San Luis Obispo. Amtrak Coast Starlight in Los Angeles leaves from Union Station and one other station. And in San Luis Obispo trains arrive at 1011 Railroad Ave, From Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo train travel on Amtrak Coast Starlight takes 4 hours and 58 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Luis Obispo faster, Amtrak Coast Starlight offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 10 minutes.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train tickets from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo start from €35, and on average cost €36. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Pacific Surfliner schedules to San Luis Obispo. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Los Angeles leaves from Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd and 2 other stations. And in San Luis Obispo trains arrive at 1011 Railroad Ave, From Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo train travel on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner takes 5 hours and 6 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Luis Obispo faster, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 10 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers 3 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay €37 for a one-way train ticket to San Luis Obispo.

Price trends for trains from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo

Average prices by travel date

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Los Angeles, CA to San Luis Obispo, CA

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Ginger

24 January 2020 - Couples trip

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: The ability to see and appreciate your surroundings. Can’t do that with driving. Cons: Wi-fi. Tips: Bring some snacks n magazines. Pros: The ability to see and appreciate your surroundings. Can’t do that with driving. Cons: Wi-fi. Tips: Bring some snacks n magazines.

5.0

Juan

8 October 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: 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! Pros: 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!

5.0

Katya

25 May 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Coast Starlight

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! ... 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!!! Cons: 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 train, don’t be; it’s a breeze. More

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