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

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Bus  •  3 h 45 min

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

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Train  •  5 h

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

$40 - $100

2 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Drive from San Jose to San Luis Obispo 186.5 miles

$18 - $27

Caltrain, fly  •  4 h 2 min

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

$131 - $274

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The cheapest way to get from San Jose to San Luis Obispo is to drive which costs $18 - $27 and takes 3 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Jose to San Luis Obispo is to drive which costs $18 - $27 and takes 3 h 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Jose Diridon Station station and arriving at San Luis Obispo Amtrak. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 45 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from San Jose Diridon Station station and arriving at San Luis Obispo Amtrak. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h.

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The distance between San Jose and San Luis Obispo is 159 miles. The road distance is 186.5 miles.

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The best way to get from San Jose to San Luis Obispo without a car is to bus which takes 3 h 45 min and costs .

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The bus from San Jose Diridon Station to San Luis Obispo Amtrak takes 3 h 45 min including transfers and departs four times a day.

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

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San Jose 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 San Jose to San Luis Obispo is to bus which takes 3 h 45 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs $40 - $100 and takes 5 h.

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Map of how to get from San Jose to San Luis Obispo.
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  • Distance: 158.8 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 45 min

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

Amtrak operates a bus from San Jose to San Luis Obispo 4 times a day, and the journey takes 3 h 45 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Jose 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
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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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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
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

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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 5 min.

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

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San Jose 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 San Jose to San Luis Obispo is 187 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 10 min to drive from San Jose 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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