Getting Here

Transportation to SLO CAL

You’ve chosen San Luis Obispo County as your destination, now let us help you get here. Traveling by bus, plane, car or train is made simple with our easy directions. Whether you’re coming from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Central Valley, out of state or out of the country, we’ve got you covered.

By car - San Luis Obispo County is located mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Its accessible via U.S. Highway 101, which runs north and south through the heart of the county. From interstate Highway 5, head west to the coast on State Highways 41, 46 or 166. Click Here for current travel conditions.

By plane - The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport offers direct service to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle and Denver in addition to hundreds of connecting destinations in the U.S. and abroad. Taxis, rental cars and Ride-On Transportation shuttles are available at the airport. Charter jet services are also offered by ACI Jet in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles.

By train - Amtrak’s Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner trains make daily stops at the City of San Luis Obispo Amtrak station, located near downtown. From there, board a SLO RTA bus or arrange for a Ride-On Transportation shuttle. Amtrak also has services that stop at the Grover Beach and Paso Robles stations. For an updated schedule of service, click here.

By bus: Greyhound Bus offers daily service from Los Angeles, San Francisco and the San Joaquin Valley to stops throughout San Luis Obispo County.

Current Travel Conditions

Travel Advisory for Southern California Wildfires

SLO CAL is monitoring several active fires in southern California. Current fires that may affect travel include:

  • Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara & Ventura County (Highway 150 and Highway 126, north of Santa Paula)

For current fire conditions, road closures and evacuation orders, refer to Cal Fire and follow them on Twitter and Facebook for the most up-to-date information and fire maps.

SLO CAL’s cities and towns are open and continue to receive visitors. Beaches are open; local businesses are open, including local retailers, wineries, breweries, restaurants, hotels, art galleries, museums, golf courses and activity-based companies.

Several SLO CAL hotels are offering discounted rates to wildfire evacuees. For a list of those hotels, click here.

Air Quality:

While there has been some smoke visible in the skies above South County, smoke is not currently a health risk according to the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department and the Air Pollution Control District. For up-to-date air quality conditions, please visit slocleanair.org

We encourage you to check the Caltrans map and the SLO County Public Works website for the latest SLO CAL road conditions.

Highway 1

Highway 1: Please note that Highway 1 is completely open in SLO CAL and all destinations are open and accessible via Highway 1 from the south. If coming into SLO CAL from the north or traveling north into Monterey County, please be advised of the following:

• Highway 1 is closed 7.5 miles north of Ragged Point (NW SLO County) to 10.3 miles north of Ragged Point at Mud Creek.

• The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge has reopened to visitors allowing access to Highway 1 in Monterey County as far south as Gorda in southern Big Sur.

• Northbound through-travelers on Highway 1 are encouraged to take Highway 46 East towards Paso Robles as a detour, and proceed to Highway 101 North.

• From Monterey, southbound travelers are encouraged to take Highway 68 East at Monterey, and proceed to Highway 101 South.

Resources:

Highway 1 Closure: FAQ's for Access to SLO CAL

• Caltrans provides current Highway 1 updates as well.

Ragged Point to Monterey County: Sights to See Along the Detour (PDF)

*Chinese (CH), French (FR), and German (DE) translations

LA to Ragged Point: Sights along Highway 101 and Highway 1 (PDF)

* Chinese (CH), French (FR) and German (DE) translations.

Visit SLO CAL will update this page as conditions change.


Getting Around

Once you are here, getting around San Luis Obispo County can be made simpler using our lists of airports, regional transit, and other tours and transportation options. Choose one of the many transportation options below for more information on traveling throughout San Luis Obispo County. Looking for great trip ideas? Check out our Blog and start planning your adventure today!


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