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.
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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.
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.