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There are 4 ways to get from Monterey to San Luis Obispo by bus, train, car, shuttle or plane

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Line 20 bus, bus  •  4h 27m

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

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Line 20 bus, train  •  5h 16m

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

$33 - $92

2 alternative options

Drive  •  2h 30m

  1. Drive from Monterey to San Luis Obispo 144.7 miles

$14 - $21

Shuttle, fly  •  5h 43m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Monterey to San Francisco International Airport
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) SFO - SBP

$167 - $312

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

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

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

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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 4h 27m and costs .

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It takes approximately 4h 27m 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 quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to San Luis Obispo County Apt Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 7m.

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Monterey 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 Monterey to San Luis Obispo is 145 miles. It takes approximately 2h 30m to drive from Monterey to San Luis Obispo.

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  • Distance: 114.9 miles
  • Duration: 4h 27m

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 Station in around 4h 27m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo County Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Salinas Amtrak Station to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
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
57m
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Salinas Amtrak Station to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Monterey Bus
Website
montereyairbus.com
Shuttle from Monterey to San Francisco International Airport
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $50
Schedules at
montereyairbus.com

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United Airlines offers flights from San Francisco Airport to San Luis Obispo County Apt Airport.

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There are 277+ hotels available in San Luis Obispo. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Monterey to San Francisco Airport is to shuttle which takes 2h 15m and costs $45 - $50.

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