Cheap train tickets from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo

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

Lowest Price$34.00
Fastest7h 32m
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How do you find cheap train tickets from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo was $46.65. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 16 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $8.05 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo?

The distance between San Francisco and San Luis Obispo is approximately 198.08 miles, or 318.70 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 9 hours and 13 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 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.

What is the busiest day for trains from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo?

On Tuesday trains from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Saturday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo?

Typically there are 6 schedules to compare for your trip to San Luis Obispo. One train carrier operates regular service on the San Francisco to San Luis Obispo route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between San Francisco to San Luis Obispo, usually offering 6 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo, you will need to disembark from the first train and board a connecting train. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may be responsible for transferring your own checked luggage, but you will definitely need to bring your hand luggage.

One train company connects San Francisco to San Luis Obispo

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo start from $34.00, and on average cost $48.20. Daily there are 6 Amtrak schedules to San Luis Obispo. Amtrak in San Francisco leaves from 425 Mission St and 2 other stations. And in San Luis Obispo trains arrive at 1011 Railroad Ave and one other train station.

From San Francisco to San Luis Obispo train travel on Amtrak takes 9 hours and 14 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Luis Obispo faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 7 hours and 32 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 6 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $48.50 for a one-way train ticket to San Luis Obispo.

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Avg. Time
9h 14m
Avg. Price
$48.20

Plan your next adventure

There are 3 train stations in San Francisco with trains to San Luis Obispo. For this route, the busiest departing train stations are:
  • 425 Mission St
  • Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf
  • 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St
There are 2 different stations where trains from San Francisco arrive in San Luis Obispo. You can review and use the directions feature on Wanderu to see which station is closest to your final destination. These are the busiest arriving train stations in San Luis Obispo:
  • 1011 Railroad Ave
  • 1 Grand Avenue, Building 113