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Monterey-San Luis Obispo Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Monterey to San Luis Obispo. Traveling by train from Monterey to San Luis Obispo usually takes around 4 hours and 54 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 4 hours and 32 minutes.

Distance114 mi (184 km)
Fastest train4h 32m
Lowest price€28.68
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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Which train should you take from Monterey to San Luis Obispo?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Monterey, California to San Luis Obispo, California. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak14h 54m€33.64
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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. On average, there are 1 Amtrak trains from Monterey to San Luis Obispo every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €29.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Monterey 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 Monterey to San Luis Obispo?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Monterey to San Luis Obispo, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

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

The distance between Monterey and San Luis Obispo is approximately 114 miles, or 184 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 54 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 32 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 Monterey to San Luis Obispo are the most crowded on Thursday. 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?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Monterey at 09:00 and arrives in San Luis Obispo around 4 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Monterey to San Luis Obispo?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. However, it is not a direct train. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you transfer trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Luis Obispo to Monterey.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Monterey?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 5 stops and stations in Monterey where you can board the train.

Train stations in Monterey:

  • 500 Tyler St

  • 351 Fremont St

  • Marriott Hotel - 350 Calle Principal

  • 1 Old Golf Course Rd

Where is the train station in San Luis Obispo?

Arrival stations

San Luis Obispo has one train station.

Need a return trip from San Luis Obispo to Monterey?

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