What could be better than a train ride along the scenic California coast to begin your vacation? Read a book instead of struggling with street maps. Have a meal, or take a nap. You will arrive rested and ready to begin. For information on getting to your hotel from Amtrak®, see below.
Car Free Discount Offer: 20% Discount of an Amtrak Ticket when booked through SLO Car Free site**
Save 20 percent when you purchase a ticket for travel on the Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner, Coast Starlight, or the San Joaquin® to/from San Luis Obispo County Only. You must register to obtain the link to the Amtrak’s 20 percent discount. Click here to see all the details on how to get your Amtrak fare discount!
Amtrak is one of the greener ways to travel. By leaving your car at home and using Amtrak, you will be helping to fight global warming. And now that Amtrak has partnered with Carbonfund.org you can sign up now for Amtrak Guest Rewards for points that you can redeem to offset your rail travel with carbon offsets.
San Luis Obispo lies along the West Coast Amtrak route. The train station is conveniently located just minutes away from downtown San Luis Obispo.
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers two trains a day coming into San Luis Obispo from the south. Many are new trains boasting larger windows, reclining seats with footrests, and surfboard racks. Some trains will allow you to roll your bike on and lock it up. Other trains may require your bike to be boxed.
Amtrak Coast Starlight runs from Seattle, Washington, through Oregon and Northern California, to San Luis Obispo and on to Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
Amtrak Thruway Motorcoaches travel north to Oakland or San Jose, where train connections are available to northern California points. Southbound buses go to Santa Barbara where train connections to southern California points are made. The buses serve also San Francisco, San Jose, Salinas, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach, Santa Maria and Solvang. Limited service to Lompoc and Guadalupe is also available. Bus tickets are sold only in conjunction with a train ticket. (Bus Routes 17 and 21).
For more information on Amtrak train routes, schedules and reservations, call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit www.amtrak.com.
Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Amtrak, Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.
Bus Service from the Amtrak station:
SLO Transit Route 5 has a stop at Amtrak and continues to the Downtown Transit Center. From here, you can connect to any of the other SLO Transit bus routes to get to your hotel. Or if you’re just in SLO for the day, you can hop off the bus here and let the fun begin. For more information on SLO Transit, see Bus or use our Google Bus Trip Planner to find the best route. Did you know that you get a FREE transfer pass for SLO Transit when you purchase a ticket with Amtrak? Talk to the Amtrak ticket agent for details.
SLO RTA Route 10 has a stop at the Amtrak station and continues to the City Government Center. From here, you can connect to any of the other SLO RTA routes or the SLO Transit bus routes to get to your hotel. Or if you’re just in SLO for the day, you can hop off the bus here and let the fun begin. For more information on SLO Transit, see the Bus page.Did you know that you get a FREE transfer pass for SLO RTA when you purchase a ticket with Amtrak? Talk to the Amtrak ticket agent for details.
Lodging within Walking Distance of the SLO Amtrak Station:
The following hotels are within 1-2 blocks of the train station and are easily within walking distance.
Directions: Walk north on Railroad Ave. Turn left at the bend onto Santa Rosa Street and walk one and a half blocks down the hill. Hostel Obispo is located on the left at 1617 Santa Rosa Street.
For more information, see the Hostel Obispo Car Free Discount.
Directions: Walk south on Railroad Ave. At the traffic circle, turn right onto Osos Street. The Sanitarium is located on the right at 1716 Osos Street at the bottom of the hill.
For more information, visit the Sanitarium at www.thesanitariumspa.com.
Shuttle Service from the Amtrak station:
Many hotels provide shuttle service to and from the airport. Check with your hotel to see if they offer this service. Hotels that provide shuttle service in addition to a Car Free Discount include:
- Embassy Suites
- Quality Inn Suites
- Apple Farm
- Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa
- The Cliffs Resort
- More hotels coming soon…
See Car Free Hotel Discounts for detailed information on the Car Free Discount provided by these hotels.
Ride-On shuttle service
Ride-On provides shuttle service from Amtrak to any of the hotels in San Luis Obispo. Ride-On provides door-to-door shuttle service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with advanced reservations. Just call our office at 805-541-8747 to set up your ride.
Taxi, Rental Cars, and Other
Almost Car Free
For taxi, rental cars, and other services see Almost Car Free.
*Photo courtesy of Amtrak