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There are 5 ways to get from San Jose to San Luis Obispo by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  3h 45m

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

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Train  •  5h

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

$35 - $55

3 alternative options

Drive  •  3h 10m

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

$18 - $27

Caltrain to San Francisco, fly  •  4h 53m

  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

$100 - $364

Fly from San Jose  •  5h 31m

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

$93 - $446

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

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from San Jose Diridon Station station and arriving at San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station station. Services depart once 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 186.5 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 3h 45m and costs .

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

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

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San Jose to San Luis Obispo train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from 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 3h 45m and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs $35 - $55 and takes 5h, you could also fly, which costs $90 - $450 and takes 5h 31m.

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  • Distance: 158.8 miles
  • Duration: 3h 45m

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

Amtrak operates a bus from San Jose Diridon Station to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station 5 times a day, and the journey takes 3h 45m. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Jose Diridon Station to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station once 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 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $350
Flights from San Jose to San Luis Obispo County Apt via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Jose to San Luis Obispo County Apt via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to San Luis Obispo County Apt via San Diego
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from San Jose to San Luis Obispo County Apt via Seattle
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from San Jose to San Luis Obispo County Apt via Portland
Ave. Duration
6h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Station to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$200 - $290
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Seat
$60 - $90
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 Diridon Station to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
5 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 1h 6m.

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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 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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There are 266+ hotels available in San Luis Obispo. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Jose to San Jose Airport is to line 60 bus which takes 7 min and costs $2 - $5.

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