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There are 5 ways to get from San Mateo to Avila Beach by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  2h 42m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) SFO - SBP

$162 - $313

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Caltrain, bus  •  9h 55m

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Mateo Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Maria, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Santa Maria Transit Center to South Higuera at Suburban Road 10

$67 - $93

3 alternative options

Caltrain, train  •  7h 16m

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Mateo Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station Coast Starlight

$82 - $114

Bus  •  7h 33m

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco Transbay Temporary Terminal to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  3h 50m

  1. Drive from San Mateo to Avila Beach 225.2 miles

$22 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from San Mateo to Avila Beach is to drive which costs $22 - $35 and takes 3h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from San Mateo to Avila Beach is to fly which costs $160 - $320 and takes 2h 42m.

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The distance between San Mateo and Avila Beach is 188 miles. The road distance is 225.2 miles.

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The best way to get from San Mateo to Avila Beach without a car is to Caltrain and train which takes 7h 16m and costs $80 - $120.

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It takes approximately 2h 42m to get from San Mateo to Avila Beach, including transfers.

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The best way to get from San Mateo to Avila Beach is to fly which takes 2h 42m and costs $160 - $320. Alternatively, you can Caltrain and train, which costs $80 - $120 and takes 7h 16m, you could also bus, which costs and takes 7h 33m.

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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 12m.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Mateo to Avila Beach is 225 miles. It takes approximately 3h 50m to drive from San Mateo to Avila Beach.

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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 234+ hotels available in Avila Beach. Prices start at $107 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from San Mateo to Avila Beach.
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  • Distance: 188.1 miles
  • Duration: 2h 42m

What companies run services between San Mateo, CA, USA and Avila Beach, CA, USA?

United Airlines flies from San Mateo to Avila Beach 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from San Mateo to Avila Beach via San Jose Diridon Caltrain, San Jose Diridon Station, and San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station in around 7h 16m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo County Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $430
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 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 Francisco Transbay Temporary Terminal to San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
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 San Jose, Ca to Santa Maria, Ca
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$28 - $40
Flexible
$50 - $75
San Luis Obispo RTA
Website
slorta.org
Bus from Santa Maria Transit Center to South Higuera at Suburban Road
Ave. Duration
58m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
slorta.org

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The best way to get from San Mateo to San Francisco Airport is to line 398 bus which takes 16m and costs $2 - $3.

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