There are 6 ways to get from Palo Alto 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 522 bus, bus  •  5 h 59 min

  1. Take the line 522 bus from El Camino & California to Santa Clara & 2Nd 22 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to King City, Ca 86
  2. Take the bus from S First / Pearl to North County Transportation Ctr / Paso Robles 84
  3. Take the bus from North County Transportation Center to Government Center Osos & Palm 9

$19 - $62

4 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Coast Starlight

$44 - $105

Drive  •  3 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo 201.8 miles

$19 - $29

Caltrain, fly to San Luis Obispo County Apt  •  3 h 40 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) SFO - SBP

$127 - $270

Fly to Santa Barbara, train  •  7 h 12 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Santa Barbara (SBA) SFO - SBA
  2. Take the train from Goleta Amtrak to San Luis Obispo Amtrak

$205 - $458

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo is to drive which costs $19 - $29 and takes 3 h 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo is to drive which costs $19 - $29 and takes 3 h 27 min.

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The distance between Palo Alto and San Luis Obispo is 171 miles. The road distance is 201.8 miles.

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It takes approximately 5 h 59 min to get from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo. However, there are services departing from El Camino & California and arriving at San Luis Obispo Amtrak via 1St & Santa Clara and San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 59 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo. However, there are services departing from California Ave Caltrain and arriving at San Luis Obispo Amtrak via San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 31 min.

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

You can take a bus from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo via Santa Clara & 2Nd, 1St & Santa Clara, San Jose Caltrain Station, and San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak in around 5 h 59 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $100 and the journey takes 5 h.

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
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak to San Luis Obispo Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$200 - $280
Train from Goleta Amtrak to San Luis Obispo Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Room
$160 - $230
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Santa Clara VTA
Website
vta.org
Bus from El Camino & California to Santa Clara & 2Nd
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
vta.org
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Jose, Ca to King City, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Cahill / Diridon Station to S First / Pearl
Ave. Duration
3 h 9 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $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
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
$5
Schedules at
slorta.org

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