Taking the bus can be fun and easy, especially for getting around town in San Luis Obispo. Take a leisurely ride from your hotel to the downtown where you can hop on the Downtown Trolley for a spin around the block. For travel outside of town, use the RTA buses. For ideas on where to go using public transportation, see Attractions and Itineraries.
Visitors to San Luis Obispo enjoy touring the downtown on the old-fashioned trolley. The fare is only 25 cents and the trolley loops around from the hotels on the north end of Monterey Street, near Highway 101, to Mission Plaza, down to Nipomo St. on Higuera St., up Marsh Street and back to Monterey at Osos Street. A modified route during Farmers Market takes the trolley north around Mission Plaza.
The trolley runs every 15-20 minutes from 3:30-9 p.m. Thursdays, noon-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. Check the schedule for all the details.
SLO Transit will take you everywhere you need to go within San Luis Obispo from your hotel, to the downtown, to Cal Poly, to the transit center for a regional bus connection. Regular fares are $1.25 per ride or you can get a day pass for only $3.00 or a 3-day pass for $6.00! See the SLO Transit map for details or our Google Trip Planner for personalized trip planning.
Also check out SLO Transit’s new online tool that allows users to view their bus in real time and sign up for alerts via email, text, or webpage when the bus is 5 minutes away! To test it out yourself, click here and either view your bus or sign up for an alert.
For traveling out to Hearst Castle, Cambria, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach or other surrounding areas, use the RTA county-wide buses. Routes operate from the Government Center, near downtown, Monday through Sunday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., except holidays. Check the bus schedulesfor detailed arrival and departure information. Individual Fares vary from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on distance traveled, and unlimited DayPasses are available on the bus for $5.00.
RTA also has some great videos you can watch on how to ride the bus in SLO- click here to watch!
SLO Regional Rideshare is your one stop shop for all transportation information. Whether you are looking for a bus or a shuttle, a person to share the ride with or a bike or walking route you’ll find it on the Rideshare website. Go to Rideshare’s website to see fun events going on in San Luis Obispo that feature alternative forms of transportation. They also have information on how you can get your employer to offer transportation alternatives!
Rideshare also offers individualized trip planning. Call 805-781-4362 or visit www.rideshare.org.
Visitor groups can call Ride-On at (805) 543-7862 or visit their website to set up a shuttle for weddings, visiting points of interest, community events, or taking a group out to dinner. Ride-On is available for transportation needs including picking up guests at the Airport or Amtrak terminal. The Visitor Shuttle is available 24 hours a day/ seven days a week with advanced reservations. A 24 hour notice is recommended to allow us time to set up your shuttle. Ride-On buses hold from 10-22 riders. Rates vary depending on the pick up and drop off times and locations.
Nationwide transit. Fares and schedule information, toll-free: 1 (800) 229-9424. International areas without toll free access: 1 (402) 330-8552.
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