There are 6 ways to get from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica by train, bus, 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

Train  •  6 h 20 min

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

$44 - $106

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 17 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 6731 / ...

$28 - $63

4 alternative options

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  •  4 h 24 min

  1. Fly from San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) to Los Angeles (LAX) SBP - LAX

$130 - $418

Fly San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank  •  8 h 8 min

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

$150 - $716

Train to Santa Barbara, fly to Los Angeles  •  6 h 36 min

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

$120 - $290

Questions & Answers

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

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It takes approximately 6 h 20 min to get from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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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 Wilshire / 14th via Santa Maria, Ca and 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 17 min.

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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 17 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
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
Train from San Luis Obispo Amtrak to Goleta Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Room
$160 - $230
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
$5
Schedules at
slorta.org
Greyhound USA
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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
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$22 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55

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