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

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Train  •  9 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from San Luis Obispo Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Pacific Surfliner

$63 - $156

Cheapest option

Night bus, bus  •  10 h 33 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Luis Obispo Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Downtown Los Angeles to Tijuana La / ...

$25 - $68

3 alternative options

Bus  •  11 h 12 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 bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx

$44 - $108

Drive  •  5 h 52 min

  1. Drive from San Luis Obispo to Tijuana 345 miles

$30 - $50

Fly, tram, bus  •  7 h 2 min

  1. Fly from San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) to San Diego (SAN) SBP - SAN
  2. Take the tram from America Plaza Station to San Ysidro/Intl Border
  3. Take the bus from San Ysidro to Tijuana

$155 - $808

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The cheapest way to get from San Luis Obispo to Tijuana is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 52 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Luis Obispo to Tijuana is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 52 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Luis Obispo to Tijuana. However, there are services departing from San Luis Obispo Amtrak and arriving at Tijuana via Santa Barbara Amtrak, Cesar E Chavez / Alameda and Downtown Los Angeles. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 33 min.

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The distance between San Luis Obispo and Tijuana is 286 miles. The road distance is 345 miles.

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The best way to get from San Luis Obispo to Tijuana without a car is to night bus and bus which takes 10 h 33 min and costs $24 - $70.

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It takes approximately 9 h 34 min to get from San Luis Obispo to Tijuana, including transfers.

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San Luis Obispo to Tijuana 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 Tijuana is to train which takes 9 h 34 min and costs $60 - $160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $40 - $110 and takes 11 h 12 min.

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There is no direct flight from San Luis Obispo County Apt Airport to San Diego Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 20 min and has one stopover.

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San Luis Obispo to Tijuana bus services, operated by Tufesa, arrive at Tijuana station.

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Map of how to get from San Luis Obispo to Tijuana.
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  • Distance: 286 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 34 min

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

Amtrak operates a train from San Luis Obispo to Tijuana twice daily. Tickets cost $55 - $160 and the journey takes 8 h 33 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Luis Obispo to Tijuana via Santa Maria Transit Center, Santa Maria, Ca, and Los Angeles, Ca in around 11 h 12 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to San Diego via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to San Diego via San Francisco, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to San Diego via Seattle
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Luis Obispo Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
8 h 33 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $360
San Diego Metro Transit
Phone
+1 619-233-3004
Website
sdmts.com
Tram from America Plaza Station to San Ysidro/Intl Border
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sdmts.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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
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
Tufesa
Phone
7022546899
Email
serviciosvegas@hotmail.com
Website
tufesabus.com
Bus from Downtown Los Angeles to Tijuana
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $65
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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
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from San Ysidro, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $16
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$8 - $11
Flexible
$12 - $16
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Los Angeles to Tijuana
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Ysidro to Tijuana
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $50
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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Yes, the driving distance between San Luis Obispo to Tijuana is 345 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 52 min to drive from San Luis Obispo to Tijuana.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are 197+ hotels available in Tijuana. Prices start at $49 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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