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San Luis Obispo-San Diego Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

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

Lowest Price$60.70
Fastest Train8h 19m
Trains Per Day14
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

In the last month, $66.66 was the average price of a train ticket from San Luis Obispo, CA to San Diego, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $0.08 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between San Luis Obispo and San Diego is approximately 268 miles, or 431 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 39 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 19 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 Luis Obispo to San Diego are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Sunday 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 Luis Obispo at 3:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 3:00pm. 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 San Luis Obispo to San Diego?

There are 14 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to San Diego. 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 Diego to San Luis Obispo. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Luis Obispo to San Diego for $61.00.

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

2 train services operate from San Luis Obispo, California to San Diego, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 12 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak129h 51m$69.08
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner28h 27m$63.83

Where is the train station in San Luis Obispo?

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

  • 1011 Railroad Ave
  • 1 Grand Avenue, Building 113

Where is the train station in San Diego?

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

  • 1050 Kettner Blvd
  • 4005 Taylor St

Price trends for trains from San Luis Obispo to San Diego

Average prices by travel date

$90$60$30NovDec

Monthly average prices

$75$60$45$30$15DJFMAMJJASON

Prices as travel date approaches

$75$60$45$30$153020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from San Luis Obispo, CA to San Diego, CA
4.5
Based on 2 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.0
Value
3.0
Condition
4.0

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
3.0
Value
2.0
Condition
4.0
Jared
5.0
August 14, 2020Visiting family
Pros
The ac was cold and bathroom was clean
Cons
Wifi sucked
Tips
Bring a game console

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