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Destination guides > North America > USA > West Coast > California > San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo

This university town is a pleasant spot that grew up around a mission founded in 1772. It is noted for the huge farmers’ market held on Higuera Street on Thursday evenings.

Practical information

Visitor Information Centre

1039 Chorro Street, San Luis Obispo
Tel (805) 543 1255 or 800 676 1772

Coming & going


America West, American and United fly from San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, 5km south of town.


Greyhound (tel (805) 543 2121) coaches stop at 150 South Street and Central Coast Area Transit (CCAT; tel (805) 541 2228) buses stop at the corner of Palm and Osos Streets and go to nearby towns like Cambria, Pismo Beach and San Simeon.


Amtrak’s Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner trains stop at the train station on Santa Rosa Street east of the town centre.

Local transport

Local bus services are run by San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (tel (805) 541 2277). Bus fares are 75c or $2 for the night buses that run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. A one-day pass costs $4.

Hostel accommodation

Hostel Obispo

1617 Santa Rosa Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Tel (805) 544 4678

Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

San Luis Obispo’s mission – founded in 1772 – is one of California’s most pleasant. It consists of a church, a museums and a lovely plaza area with shady trees.
Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo
Tel (805) 543 6850
Admission church free; museum $2 donation
Open Jan-Mar 9am-4pm daily; Apr-Oct 9am-5pm daily; Nov-Dec 9am-4pm daily

San Luis Obispo Art Center

This sizable gallery features art and craft exhibits.

1010 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo
Tel (805) 543 8562
Admission free
Open summer 11am-5pm daily; winter Mon & Wed-Sun 11am-5pm

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