There are 6 ways to get from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus Amtrak  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from San Jose Diridon Station to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  9 h 38 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

$14 - $57

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Train  •  6 h 31 min

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

$45 - $106

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  •  4 h 8 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

$131 - $276

Fly to Santa Barbara, bus  •  6 h 57 min

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

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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 San Jose Diridon Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 46 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. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 31 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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The best way to get from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo without a car is to bus which takes 5 h 46 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 46 min to get from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo, including transfers.

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Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Jose Diridon Station.

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Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Jose Diridon Station.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo is to bus which takes 5 h 46 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 6 h 31 min.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to San Luis Obispo County Apt Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 3 min.

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Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Luis Obispo Amtrak station.

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Map of how to get from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo.
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  • Distance: 171.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 46 min

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

Amtrak operates a bus from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo 4 times a day, and the journey takes 3 h 45 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 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $700
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 San Jose Diridon Station 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
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from San Jose Diridon Station to San Luis Obispo Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to San Luis Obispo Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
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 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
$2 - $3
Schedules at
slorta.org

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Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Luis Obispo Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo is 202 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 27 min to drive from Palo Alto to San Luis Obispo.

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

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