Car Free andCarefree in San Luis Obispo County

Program of the:
San Luis Obispo Car Free
3433 Roberto Court
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Fax: (805) 781-1002

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Planes and Our Earth

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, increase fuel efficiency and airports are increasing the electrification of ground support equipment.

On a local level, out at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, efforts are underway to promote the use of alternative energy to help reduce carbon footprints. In addition to the solar electricity system currently operational at a commercial corporate hangar facility, preliminary plans for new lease site development also call for the inclusion of solar electricity.

While traveling by plane contributes to climate change, there are ways that you can minimize your impact:

  • Purchase carbon credits to offset the emissions. The Environmental Defense Fund has created a Carbon Offset List of reputable providers including:
  • If you have a choice between types of airplanes, research their emissions.
  • If you must travel by plane, make the choice to travel car free once you arrive!

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport

Located just south of the City of San Luis Obispo, the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport serves areas as far
north as Southern Monterey County and as far south as Northern Santa Barbara County. The airport offers convenient access to and from the Central Coast. Residents and visitors can travel direct service to and from the SLO Regional Airport (SBP) to Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Phoenix (PHX), and over 200+ connecting destinations in the US, Canada, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East Markets.

For flight information and reservations, see Airlines information.

Although scheduled bus service is NOT currently available from the airport, shuttle bus service is offered through Ride-On Transportation. Shuttle bus arrangements should be made in advance with Ride-On.

Shuttle service from the airport:

Hotel Shuttles

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:

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, including wine tasting transportation from airport, see the airport's information on ground transportation or see Almost Car Free.

* Photo courtesy of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport