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

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Bus  •  4h 20m

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

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Train  •  5h

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

$35 - $55

2 alternative options

Drive  •  3h 10m

  1. Drive from San Jose to San Luis Obispo 186.2 miles

$18 - $27

Caltrain, fly  •  4h 25m

  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

$135 - $380

San Jose to San Luis Obispo by bus

The bus journey time between San Jose and San Luis Obispo is around 4h 1m and covers a distance of around 190 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 3h. Services are operated by Amtrak and FlixBus-us. Typically 36 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
4h 1m
Fastest bus time:
3h
Bus distance:
190 miles
Buses per week:
36
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
37 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
11:05
Last bus departs at:
23:45

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

San Jose to San Luis Obispo bus schedules

San Jose → San Luis Obispo
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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 3h 10m.

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

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Jose and arriving at San Luis Obispo. Services depart every 20 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 20m.

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

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The distance between San Jose and San Luis Obispo is 159 miles. The road distance is 186.2 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 4h 20m and costs .

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The bus from San Jose to San Luis Obispo takes 4h 20m including transfers and departs every 20 minutes.

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San Jose to San Luis Obispo bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Jose station.

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San Jose to San Luis Obispo train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Jose station.

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The best way to get from San Jose to San Luis Obispo is to bus which takes 4h 20m and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs $35 - $55 and takes 5h.

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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: 4h 20m

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 every 20 minutes, and the journey takes 4h 20m. FlixBus-us also services this route 5 times a week. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Jose to San Luis Obispo twice daily. Tickets cost $35 - $55 and the journey takes 5h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo County Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose to San Luis Obispo
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$200 - $290
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Seat
$60 - $90
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from San Jose to San Luis Obispo
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Schedules at
amtrak.com
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Jose Downtown to San Luis Obispo Station
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
flixbus.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 1h 2m.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between San Jose to San Luis Obispo is 186 miles. It takes approximately 3h 10m 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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