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

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

Recommended option

Line 20 bus, bus Amtrak  •  4 h 27 min

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

Cheapest option

Line 20 bus, bus via King City, Ca  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Take the line 20 bus from Tyler / Franklin to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 20 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Salinas, Ca to King City, Ca 86 / ...
  3. Take the bus from S First / Pearl to North County Transportation Ctr / Paso Robles 84
  4. Take the bus from North County Transportation Center to Government Center Osos & Palm 9

$12 - $52

3 alternative options

Line 20 bus, train  •  5 h 16 min

  1. Take the line 20 bus from Tyler / Franklin to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 20 / ...
  2. Take the train from Salinas Amtrak to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Coast Starlight

$33 - $92

Drive  •  2 h 30 min

  1. Drive from Monterey to San Luis Obispo 144.7 miles

$14 - $21

Fly  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) SFO - SBP

$167 - $312

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Monterey to San Luis Obispo is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Monterey to San Luis Obispo is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Monterey to San Luis Obispo. However, there are services departing from Tyler / Franklin and arriving at San Luis Obispo Amtrak via Salinas Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 27 min.

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The distance between Monterey and San Luis Obispo is 115 miles. The road distance is 144.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Monterey to San Luis Obispo without a car is to line 20 bus and bus which takes 4 h 27 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 27 min to get from Monterey to San Luis Obispo, including transfers.

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Monterey to San Luis Obispo bus services, operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit, depart from Tyler / Franklin station.

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The best way to get from Monterey to San Luis Obispo is to line 20 bus and bus which takes 4 h 27 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $160 - $320 and takes 5 h 20 min.

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Map of how to get from Monterey to San Luis Obispo.
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  • Distance: 114.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 27 min

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

You can take a bus from Monterey to San Luis Obispo via Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 and Salinas Amtrak in around 4 h 27 min. Alternatively, United Airlines flies from Monterey to San Luis Obispo 4 times a day.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo County Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $430
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.

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Contact Details
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 Tyler / Franklin to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8 to S First / Pearl
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from S First / Pearl to North County Transportation Ctr / Paso Robles
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $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
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Salinas, Ca to King City, Ca
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $25
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$19 - $25
San Luis Obispo RTA
Website
slorta.org
Bus from North County Transportation Center to Government Center Osos & Palm
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
slorta.org

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