SLO Marathon Expo

For the second year in a row, SLO Car Free will be at the SLO Marathon Expo

Dates: April 25-27

Location: Madonna Inn

Whether you are competing or this is your first endurance or 5K event, our races the all about you! 

It is easy to get to all the marathon events without your car. First, where are you coming from?

Southern California areas–Try Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner. It’s one of the most beautiful rides in the world, and with several daily trips from all over Southern California to San Luis Obispo County and 20% discount for visitors who register on our website, it’s convenient and inexpensive too. Click here to see the Amtrak discount and schedule. There’s also frequent service on the greyhound coaches, or flights to SLO Airport from LAX on American Eagle or United.

San Francisco Bay or Valley Areas– Try Amtrak’s San Joaquin Rote. Twice a day in each direction they operate Amtrak Thruway bus service from Hanford to San Luis Obispo County. This is a mixed mode service contracted through Orange Belt Bus lines. Mixed mode buses are operated in conjuction with regular intercity bus carriers or transit districts providing intercity service. It is also possible to take Amtrak Thruways North from San Luis Obispo to San Francisco, Oakland or Emeryville and connect to San Joaquin Route trains at Oakland or Emeryville. Thruway Amtrak ticketing and fare structures apply to the bus portion and the rail portion together. If air travel is what you desire,you can also travel car free to San Luis Obispo on flights from SFO.

Next- here’s how to get from Amtrak or the Airport to local hotels:Once you have arrived, there are many options for traveling around SLO without your car. Taxis can be very inexpensive for short trips. Click here to see “Almost Car Free” alternatives. Local buses are also a great option. There are transit lines that run from both the Amtrak and Greyhound stations, however if you are coming from the Airport there are limited bus routes. Ride-on Transportation is a great shuttle that, for a fee, they will pick you up at the Airport and take you to your destination. Many hotels that are participating Car Free hotels offer shuttles to and from the Airport and Amtrak station, make sure you check with the hotel prior to booking.

Getting around once you are here:The Marathon event is offering shuttles from many locations in SLO County. To see the one that is closest to you, click here.

SLO Car Free would love to answer your questions if you have any. Please feel free to give us a call at 805.781.5912 or email us at Also visit our testimonial page and let us know how your trip to San Luis Obispo was!

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