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San Jose-San Luis Obispo Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

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

Lowest Price$28.00
Fastest Train4h 5m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

In the last month, $31.03 was the average price of a train ticket from San Jose, 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 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $12.93 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between San Jose and San Luis Obispo is approximately 158 miles, or 254 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 49 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 5 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 Jose to San Luis Obispo are the most crowded on Monday. 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 San Jose at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00am. 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 Jose to San Luis Obispo?

Trains leave the station in San Jose twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to San Luis Obispo faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Luis Obispo to San Jose. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Jose to San Luis Obispo for $28.00.

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

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak29h 55m$39.94
Amtrak Coast Starlight15h 0m$29.15

Where is the train station in San Jose?

There is one train station in San Jose:

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

Where is the train station in San Luis Obispo?

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

  • 1011 Railroad Ave
  • 1 Grand Avenue, Building 113

Price trends for trains from San Jose to San Luis Obispo

Average prices by travel date

$45$30$15OctOct

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from San Jose, CA to San Luis Obispo, CA
5.0
Based on 1 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
5.0
Value
4.0
Condition
4.0
Arnav
5.0
October 3, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Train was spacious.
Cons
Bathroom cleanliness

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