San Luis Obispo is 198 miles north of Los Angeles and 226 miles south of San Francisco on U.S. Highway 101. The most direct route from either city is U.S. 101; it’s a drive of about four hours either way. From San Francisco you can also drive to SLO on scenic Highway 1, although the road is slow and winding and subject to closure in bad weather- it takes about six hours. From the east (including Fresno and Bakersfield), take Highway 46 west to Paso Robles, then head south on U.S. 101.
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Amtrak serves San Luis Obispo several times a day via the Coast Starlight from Seattle and the Pacific Surfliner from San Diego. The Amtrak depot is located at 1011 Railroad Ave. 1-800-USA-RAIL. amtrak.com and connecting bus service is offered to the Cal Poly Campus. Complimentary local transfers via SLO Transit and San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority are offered with the Pacific Surfiner Transit Transfer program. For additional deals and discounts visit PacificSurfliner.com/discounts.
San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP), is served by United Express and US Airways. Passengers can fly non-stop to and from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix. The airport is five miles south of downtown on Highway 227. (805) 781-5205 sloairport.com
Bicycle path thread throughout the city. Local buses and Amtrak are both equipped to carry bikes. For bike path information visit rideshare.org. For information on bike rentals visit SLO Bike and Run or Wally’s Bicycle Works.
Bus and trolley service
SLO Transit, 541-2877, provides bus service throughout the city. The Regional Transit Authority, 781-4472, operates buses that connect with SLO Transit in downtown San Luis Obispo and run throughout the county. Seasonally, Thursday through Sunday, the trolley completes a loop of downtown every 15-20 minutes. Hours of operations vary; visit slocity.org. For online bus information visit rideshare.org.
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