There are 6 ways to get from San Jose 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

Amtrak Thruway  •  3 h 45 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from San Jose, CA to San Luis Obispo, CA 6237

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 26 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

$31 - $59

4 alternative options

Train  •  5 h

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

$40 - $100

Drive  •  3 h 10 min

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

$18 - $27

Caltrain to San Francisco, fly  •  4 h 17 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

$133 - $278

Fly from San Jose  •  5 h 18 min

  1. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) SJC - SBP

$134 - $754

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 once daily, 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 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $430
Flights from San Jose to San Luis Obispo County Apt via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Jose to San Luis Obispo County Apt via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Train operators
Amtrak
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
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
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
$17 - $25
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
$9 - $14
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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Questions & Answers

The distance between San Jose and San Luis Obispo is 254 km. The road distance is 298 km.

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.

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

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

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Jose, CA and arriving at San Luis Obispo, CA. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 45 min.

The Amtrak Thruway from San Jose, CA to San Luis Obispo, CA takes 3 h 45 min including transfers and departs once daily.