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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from San Diego to San Luis Obispo?

Lowest Price€51.95
Fastest Train8h 3m
Trains Per Day19
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from San Diego 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 San Diego to San Luis Obispo?

In the last month, €56.82 was the average price of a train ticket from San Diego, CA to San Luis Obispo, CA. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

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

The distance between San Diego and San Luis Obispo is approximately 268 miles, or 431 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 37 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 3 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 San Diego 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 Monday 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 San Diego at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 16:00. 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 San Diego to San Luis Obispo?

There are 19 scheduled trains on most days. 2 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 San Diego.

Which train should you take from San Diego to San Luis Obispo?

2 train services operate from San Diego, California to San Luis Obispo, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 18 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak189h 46m€58.64
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner28h 28m€52.29

Where is the train station in San Diego?

There are two stations in San Diego where you can board the train to San Luis Obispo:

  • 1050 Kettner Blvd
  • 4005 Taylor St

Where is the train station in San Luis Obispo?

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

  • 1011 Railroad Ave
  • 1 Grand Avenue, Building 113

Price trends for trains from San Diego to San Luis Obispo

Average prices by travel date

€64€43€21OctNov

Monthly average prices

€64€51€39€26€13NDJFMAMJJASO

Prices as travel date approaches

€64€51€39€26€133020100

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