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There are 5 ways to get from Bakersfield to San Luis Obispo by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Hanford Amtrak San Joaquins
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Hanford, CA to San Luis Obispo, CA 4012 / ...

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Amtrak Thruway, train  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Bakersfield, CA to Santa Barbara, CA 5602 / ...
  2. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Pacific Surfliner / ...

$30 - $75

3 alternative options

Bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Hanford Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Hanford, CA to San Luis Obispo, CA 4012 / ...

Bus  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Bakersfield, Ca to Visalia, Ca 6818 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Visalia, CA to San Luis Obispo 402

$43 - $81

Drive  •  2 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Bakersfield to San Luis Obispo 137.5 miles

$13 - $20

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The cheapest way to get from Bakersfield to San Luis Obispo is to drive which costs $13 - $20 and takes 2 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bakersfield to San Luis Obispo is to drive which costs $13 - $20 and takes 2 h 28 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bakersfield to San Luis Obispo. However, there are services departing from Bakersfield Amtrak and arriving at San Luis Obispo, CA via Hanford, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 30 min.

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The distance between Bakersfield and San Luis Obispo is 93 miles. The road distance is 137.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Bakersfield to San Luis Obispo without a car is to train and Amtrak Thruway which takes 5 h 9 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 9 min to get from Bakersfield to San Luis Obispo, including transfers.

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Bakersfield to San Luis Obispo bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Bakersfield Amtrak station.

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Bakersfield to San Luis Obispo bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Luis Obispo, CA station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bakersfield to San Luis Obispo is 137 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 28 min to drive from Bakersfield to San Luis Obispo.

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There are 280+ hotels available in San Luis Obispo. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Bakersfield to San Luis Obispo.
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  • Distance: 93.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 9 min

What companies run services between Bakersfield, CA, USA and San Luis Obispo, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Bakersfield to San Luis Obispo via Hanford Amtrak and Hanford, CA in around 5 h 30 min.

Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Hanford Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to San Luis Obispo Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$160 - $230
Bus operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Hanford, CA to San Luis Obispo, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Hanford Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Bakersfield, CA to Santa Barbara, CA
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Bakersfield, Ca to Visalia, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$24 - $35
Orange Belt Stages
Website
orangebelt.com
Bus from Visalia, CA to San Luis Obispo
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Schedules at
orangebelt.com

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