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Travelling California

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From San Francisco Bay Area

SFO to BART to Oakland Amtrak station
After arriving at SFO, catch a BART train headed towards Pittsburg/Bay Point. Step off at the 12th St. Oakland City Center station. Call a taxi or walk to a bus station. Take the 72 bus line towards the Oakland Amtrak. Take Amtrak from Oakland (OKJ) to San Luis Obispo (SLO) station.

SJC Airport to Lightrail to San Jose Amtrak
Take the free VTA Airport Flyer from San Jose airport to the Metro/Airport Lightrail Station. Take the Mtn View-Winchester Lightrail to Amtrak’s Diridon station. Ride Amtrak from San Jose (SJC) to San Luis Obispo (SLO).

OAK to BART to Oakland Amtrak
From the Oakland airport, make your way to the nearby Coliseum-Oakland Int’l BART station. Take the train towards Coliseum/Oakland Airport. From that stop, switch lines to take the Fremont/Daly City line and hop off at Lake Merritt station. Walk half a mile to the Oakland Amtrak station (OKJ). Take Amtrak from OKJ to SLO.

SFO/SJC/OAK airports to Rental Car
Another option is driving from the Bay Area to San Luis Obispo. It is a beautiful scenic drive along Hwy 101 and will take roughly 4 hours depending on where you depart from.

From Los Angeles/Southern California

LAX to Santa Maria
Purchase a ticket for a Central Coast Shuttle trip from LAX to nearby Santa Maria. The IC planning committee plans to provide transportation from Santa Maria to San Luis Obispo.

SBP to Goleta Amtrak
From Santa Barbara airport, navigate to the Goleta Amtrak station. Take Amtrak from Goleta (GTA) to SLO station.

San Luis Obispo Regional Airport
For those who arrive directly at the SLO airport, you will need to take two buses to arrive at Cal Poly. Catch the #3 bus line towards Marigold Center. Step off at the Downtown Transit Center stop. Catch the #6B bus from Downtown to Cal Poly SLO. Other bus arrangements will need to be made for those staying at off-campus hotels.

Note: Amtrak trains come only 1-2 times daily. Travel time and price depend on departure location. Set your destination to SLO and you will arrive directly in San Luis Obispo. From SLO station you will need to take a #5 bus to the Cal Poly campus. We recommend purchasing Amtrak tickets in advance in coordination with your flight itinerary.