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Oakland - San Luis Obispo Train Schedule
There are 5 daily trains from Oakland to San Luis Obispo. Traveling by train from Oakland to San Luis Obispo usually takes around 7 hours and 7 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 5 hours and 20 minutes.
|Distance||196 mi (315 km)|
|Fastest train||5h 20m|
|Trains per day||1|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak|
What is the price of a train ticket from Oakland to San Luis Obispo?
In the last month, $42.77 was the average price of a train ticket from Oakland, 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 23 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $2.39 more than that for a same-day booking.
Average prices by travel date
Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to San Luis Obispo from Oakland is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about $43 regardless of the day you pick to travel.
Monthly average prices
If you are trying to decide when to travel from Oakland to San Luis Obispo by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $41 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Oakland to San Luis Obispo in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $45 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.
Prices as travel date approaches
If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 23 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to San Luis Obispo from Oakland will be about $2.39 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.
Which train should you take from Oakland to San Luis Obispo?
2 train services operate from Oakland, California to San Luis Obispo, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 4 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:
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 4 Amtrak trains from Oakland to San Luis Obispo every day, as well as 13 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $34.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Oakland 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 Oakland to San Luis Obispo?
How long is the train journey from Oakland to San Luis Obispo?
The distance between Oakland and San Luis Obispo is approximately 196 miles, or 315 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 7 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 20 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 Oakland 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 Saturday 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 Oakland at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 12:00pm. 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 Oakland to San Luis Obispo?
There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Oakland to San Luis Obispo. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.
Where is the train station in Oakland?
There are two stations in Oakland where you can board the train to San Luis Obispo.
Train stations in Oakland:
Across San Leandro Blvd from BART station - 700 73rd Ave
Where is the train station in San Luis Obispo?
San Luis Obispo receives travelers from Oakland at its two active train stations.
Train stations in San Luis Obispo:
1 Grand Avenue, Building 113
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