There are 3 ways to get from Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Luis Obispo by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Salinas Amtrak to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Coast Starlight

$101 - $164

2 alternative options

Line 20 bus, bus  •  5 h 6 min

  1. Take the line 20 bus from Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 20 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Salinas Amtrak to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  2 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Luis Obispo 147.8 miles

$14 - $21

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The cheapest way to get from Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Luis Obispo is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 33 min.

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The quickest way to get from Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Luis Obispo is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 33 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Luis Obispo. However, there are services departing from 6th / Mission Street and arriving at San Luis Obispo Amtrak via Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler and Salinas Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 6 min.

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The distance between Carmel-by-the-Sea and San Luis Obispo is 113 miles. The road distance is 147.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Luis Obispo without a car is to train which takes 3 h 46 min and costs $100 - $170.

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It takes approximately 3 h 46 min to get from Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Luis Obispo, including transfers.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Luis Obispo bus services, operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit, depart from Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler station.

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The best way to get from Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Luis Obispo is to train which takes 3 h 46 min and costs $100 - $170. Alternatively, you can line 20 bus and bus, which costs and takes 5 h 6 min.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Luis Obispo bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Luis Obispo Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Luis Obispo is 148 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 33 min to drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Luis Obispo.

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  • Distance: 113.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 46 min

What companies run services between Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA and San Luis Obispo, CA, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Luis Obispo once daily. Tickets cost $30 - $80 and the journey takes 3 h 19 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Luis Obispo via Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler, Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7, and Salinas Amtrak in around 5 h 6 min.

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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.

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Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Salinas Amtrak to San Luis Obispo Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 19 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Room
$170 - $240
Bus operators
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Salinas Amtrak to San Luis Obispo Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
amtrak.com

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