Getting Here

Taking flights and Amtrak trains to San Luis Obispo County

August 6, 2007 

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport

www.sloairport.com

805-781-5205

Airlines

The airport connects to national and international destinations through daily flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix.

• United Express-Skywest has daily flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Call 800-335-2247 or visit www.skywest.com.

• US Airways has daily flights to Phoenix. Call 800-428-4322 or visit www.usairways.com.

The airport also offers hangars for private planes, charter services, aircraft maintenance and rental and flight instruction.

Parking

There are four public parking lots at the airport. Lots 1, 4 and 5 are for long-term use. The rate is $8 per day and must be prepaid in cash or check. There is a maximum of 14 days, though extensions may be arranged.

Lot 2 features meters for short-term parking up to 24 hours. Metered spaces are also available for a maximum of three days for $12 per day. Annual parking permits can be purchased at the Airport Administration office for $550.

Rental cars

Rental car agencies are not open all hours. Check the agency’s hours hereto make sure you can pick up a car on arrival.

• Avis: 544-0630 for local information or 800-331-1212; www.avis.com

• Budget: 541-2722 for local information or 800-527-0700; www.budget.com

• Enterprise: 595-5455 for local information or 800-736-8222; www.enterprise.com

• Hertz: 781-3380 for local information or 800-654-3131; www.hertz.com .

Ground transportation

Taxis are generally available outside the terminal.

• 234-TAXI: 805-234-8294 or www.234taxi.com

• Surf Cab Company: 805-748-2202, alt 805-441-9555 or surfcabco.net

• Yellow Cab Company: 805-347-0000 or www.sloyellowcab.com

Private limousine service also can be arranged.

Amenities

The Spirit of San Luis, the airport’s restaurant with a view of the runway, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a Sunday brunch and spirits. The menu selection ranges from burgers, salads and sandwiches to steak and fresh fish. There is also a selection of local wines. The restaurant is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Sunday brunch is served 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Spirit of San Luis is located to the east of the terminal building. Call 805-549-9466 for reservations.

The Runway Express Snack Bar and Gift Shop offers hot and cold drinks, pastries, breakfast and lunch entrees, periodicals and souvenirs.

The airport also recently added wireless Internet access.

Paso Robles Municipal Airport

805-237-3877

www.pasoairport.com

There’s no scheduled passenger service, but the airport — four miles northeast of downtown Paso Robles off Airport Road — provides easy access to the surrounding wine region for private and corporate planes and charter flights.

The airport’s runways — one of them 6,000 feet long -- are used by the California Department of Forestry to fight wildfires, the California Highway Patrol’s air operations, courier services and cargo haulers. It’s also home to hot air ballooning and flight instruction.

Hangars are individually owned and rented; check for availability in the terminal.

Oceano Airport

www.oceanoairport.com

805-788-2000

This small, beach-side airport off Highway 1 is used mostly by recreational pilots. It’s also a popular place for biplane rides.

There are fuel and camping facilities on the field. Tie downs and private hangars are available. The 2,325-foot runway operates under visual flight rules, since there is no control tower.

The airport is open 24 hours daily, and the runway is limited at night. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays.

Amtrak

Amtrak runs two train routes through San Luis Obispo County: the Coast Starlight, which runs between Seattle and Los Angeles; and the Pacific Surfliner, which runs between San Luis Obispo and San Diego.

Bus-train combinations connect travelers to other destinations.

One northbound and one southbound Coast Starlight trains daily make afternoon stops in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. Click here for the full schedule.

The southbound Pacific Surfliner leaves from San Luis Obispo and Grover Beach in the early morning and afternoon. Amtrak Thruway bus service connects Paso Robles, Atascadero and Cal Poly to the afternoon train and some of the stations to three additional southbound trains.

The northbound Pacific Surfliner arrives in San Luis Obispo mid-day and late evening, with Thruway bus service to Cal Poly, Atascadero and Paso Robles. Thruway buses also connect the area to the three additional northbound trains.

Reservations are required for most trips. They can be made at www.amtrak.com or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.

STATION INFO

San Luis Obispo (Code: SLO)

1011 Railroad Ave.

Hours: 5:45 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily. Ticket office closes at 8:30 p.m. Baggage service available until 9 p.m.

Enclosed waiting area, restrooms and payphones.

20 short-term parking spaces, 30 long-term parking spaces

Paso Robles (Code: PRB)

800 Pine St.

Hours: 1-2 p.m.; 3:30-4:30 p.m. daily. No ticket or baggage service.

Enclosed waiting area, payphones.

10 short-term parking spaces, 10 long-term parking spaces

Grover Beach (Code: GVB)

180 West Grand Ave.

Payphones, 24-hour Metrolink Vending Machine

71 short-term parking spaces, 71 long-term parking spaces

Atascadero (Code: ATA)

Denny’s Restaurant — 6910 El Camino Real

Round Table Pizza — 6911 El Camino Real

Bus connections only

Cal Poly (Code: SLP)

Vista Grande/Sage Restaurant -- Grand Avenue and Deer Road

Bus connections only

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