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There are 7 ways to get from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica by train, bus, night bus, car or plane

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Train  •  6 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from San Luis Obispo Amtrak to Van Nuys Amtrak Pacific Surfliner / ...

$44 - $106

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Night bus, bus  •  7 h 43 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Luis Obispo Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

$1 - $3

5 alternative options

Bus, line 720 bus  •  7 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Government Center Osos & Palm to Santa Maria Transit Center 10 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Santa Maria, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
  3. Take the line 720 bus from 7th / Decatur to Santa Monica / 4th 720

$25 - $61

Drive  •  3 h 23 min

  1. Drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica 197.2 miles

$19 - $28

Fly San Luis Obispo County Apt to Los Angeles, line 20 bus  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Fly from San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) to Los Angeles (LAX) SBP - LAX
  2. Take the line 20 bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th

$130 - $415

Bus to Santa Barbara, fly to Los Angeles  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from San Luis Obispo Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
  2. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Los Angeles (LAX) SBA - LAX

$90 - $225

Fly San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank  •  7 h 41 min

  1. Fly from San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) to Burbank (BUR) SBP - BUR

$150 - $713

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The cheapest way to get from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica is to night bus and bus which costs $1 - $3 and takes 7 h 43 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica is to drive which costs $19 - $28 and takes 3 h 23 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from Government Center Osos & Palm and arriving at Santa Monica / 4th via Santa Maria, Ca and 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 39 min.

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The distance between San Luis Obispo and Santa Monica is 152 miles. The road distance is 197.2 miles.

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The best way to get from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica without a car is to train which takes 6 h 15 min and costs $40 - $110.

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It takes approximately 6 h 15 min to get from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica is to train which takes 6 h 15 min and costs $40 - $110. Alternatively, you can bus and line 720 bus, which costs $25 - $65 and takes 7 h 39 min, you could also fly, which costs $150 - $750 and takes 7 h 41 min.

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The quickest flight from San Luis Obispo County Apt Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 11 min.

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San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak.

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Map of how to get from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica.
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  • Distance: 151.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 15 min

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

Amtrak operates a train from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica 3 times a day. Tickets cost $40 - $100 and the journey takes 4 h 31 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica via Santa Maria Transit Center, Santa Maria, Ca, Los Angeles, Ca, and 7th / Decatur in around 7 h 39 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
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 Luis Obispo Amtrak to Van Nuys Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
Frequency
3 times a day
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
San Luis Obispo RTA
Website
slorta.org
Bus from Government Center Osos & Palm to Santa Maria Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
slorta.org
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 Santa Maria, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$22 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from 7th / Decatur to Santa Monica / 4th
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th
Ave. Duration
12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
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
Night bus from San Luis Obispo Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica is 197 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 23 min to drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica.

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United Airlines offers flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 2435+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $116 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Luis Obispo to San Luis Obispo County Apt Airport is to bus which takes 25 min and costs $1 - $3.

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