San Luis Obispo, California, is one of the world's premier vacation destinations and one of America's finest small cities. Here you'll enjoy a mild Mediterranean climate, breathtaking rolling hillsides, agricultural scenery and ocean views, world-class dining, unique shopping, cultural events and festivals and easy access to both Southern California and the Bay Area.
Use this website to find out about all the ways you can get to and around San Luis Obispo without a car. Imagine taking the train along the coast, hopping on a trolley to experience our historic downtown, riding SLO transit from your hotel to the weekly Farmer's Market, biking through vineyards, hiking the surrounding peaks, kayaking to Morro Rock, or renting an alternative fueled vehicle to explore Hearst Castle or see the elephant seals and monarch butterflies. It's your vacation. Enjoy the SLO life... take a vacation from your car and save up to 50% on hotels and activities with our car free-bies and discounts!
You don't need a car to enjoy San Luis Obispo. The beautiful rolling hills or the historic downtown district are best explored on foot, through biking, using public transit services or private transportation services. Excursions to outlying areas, including the enchanting Hearst Castle, romantic wine country, historic Missions, magnificent Morro Rock, and pristine coastal areas are available through private boat, bus and tour operators.
With its mild climate and pedestrian-only paseos, San Luis Obispo's downtown is made for walking. Here you'll find all the treasures of a small town - a vibrant downtown center, with irresistible shops, casual sidewalk cafes, superb restaurants, the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and the infamous Bubblegum Alley. If you get tired of walking, hop on the SLO Trolley.
From paths along rolling hills and wide valleys to well-marked bike routes to wine shops and the historic downtown, San Luis Obispo has some of the finest year-round bicycling in the United States. Well-marked bike paths not only cover the downtown, but extend north to Morro Bay and other outlying areas. You can even bring your bike on Amtrak trains or put it on any of the RTA or SLO Transit buses.
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.
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®.
Air travel is a convenient and often necessary way to travel, especially for vacations. However, did you know that airplanes release greenhouse gases in the stratosphere, where they can do proportionately more harm than cars for short trips? The aviation industry is working to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions from planes and increase fuel efficiency, and airports are increasing the electrification of ground support equipment.
Remember - Car Free does not have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. If you replace just ONE car trip with a car-free trip, you're on the way to a guilt free, clean air adventure.
Whether it's walking, hiking, biking or taking the bus, there is a map for you. Download a map to guide your next adventure or check out our interactive map of participating businesses.