Whether you take the scenic route via Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway), fly into the San Luis Obispo airport or arrive via train from southern California, the trip to San Luis Obispo can be a memorable experience in itself, and getting here is part of the fun! Once you’ve arrived, it’s easy to travel around the city using San Luis Obispo transportation including Uber, car rentals, bike rentals or even, the iconic trolley to Downtown SLO. Be sure to check out Car Free SLO, a local program that provides tools to visitors so they can travel to and around SLO without a car. Explore other ways to get to and get around in San Luis Obispo below.
SLO Transit offers seven fixed routes throughout San Luis Obispo that will take you throughout the city. View San Luis Obispo’s bus schedule for the city’s public buses.
When traveling with a large group, shuttles can be the best option for convenience and price. SLO Safe Ride and Ride-On Transportation provide all types of shuttle options. Be sure to reserve in advance for optimal preferences.
When planning to rent a car in SLO, reserve a car in advance. San Luis Obispo offers endless car rental options including Avis, Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hertz.
With endless outdoor activities, renting bikes switches up and adds some fun to your mode of transportation. Bike rental shops include San Luis Obispo Bike Kitchen, Art’s Cyclery, Wally’s and Cambria Bicycle Outfitter.
Taxi, Uber, & Lyft
Wherever you need to travel within San Luis Obispo County, you can always trust our local taxis, Uber, and Lyft. Local taxi services include Yellow Cab Co, Surf Cab Co, and 234 Taxi. Be sure to download the Uber app before coming to SLO to utilize their special program, UberWINE, allowing you to request a personal driver to stay with you while wine tasting in San Luis Obispo. For quick trips from point A to B download the Lyft app.
The Old SLO Trolley runs a fixed route on Monterey Street and loops through Downtown San Luis Obispo. Costing only 50 cents, the trolley is a fun and affordable option for traveling from hotels to the heart of San Luis Obispo. Visit our Old SLO Trolley page for more information.
SLO Car Free
San Luis Obispo Car Free is a cooperative partnership between the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District and the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition. Promoting cleaner air and a healthier planet, SLO Car Free offers tools for visitors so you can easily travel to San Luis Obispo without a car. Sign up with SLO Car Free to receive exclusive discounts at participating businesses in San Luis Obispo.
EV Charging Stations
The City of San Luis Obispo has electric vehicle charging stations in their downtown parking lot. Nineteen charging stations are available in the post office parking lot beneath the Marsh Street parking structure. They can be used by electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids for $1.50 per hour for the first four hours and $4.00 per hour thereafter. Users must be members of the ChangePoint network to use the charging stations.