Transportation

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation in SLO is below average. We do have an airport.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: It's awesome that the escort vans, SLO transit, and some other transportation options are free. It really helps.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Every student registered to Cal Poly has free access to public transportation through their ID cards, so you can basically take any bus to anywhere in town. It does tend to get busy during the mornings when everyone is going to school, but you manage to get where you need to in time.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Transit includes the extensive city bus, Zipcars and a night escort van service. Regional transit includes Greyhound, Amtrak, the airport and a county bus system.

5 College Junior

Transportation: I absolutely love that the bus is free and that it stops right by my house!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 130th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 382nd
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1163rd
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Herman
Hometown
Burbank CA
Major
Liberal Studies
Grad Year
2013
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Public transportation throughout SLO is provided by SLO Transit and is subsidized by the University (which makes it free to students). Buses can be crowded at times, and they generally run twice per hour. This makes them less than ideal for students who maintain a tight schedule. It can be stressful when the bus is a minute or two late and full when it pulls up. 

Another option for transportation late at night (home from campus) is the Escort Van Service. There's a van that will drive students home for free from the University Union or library in between 7 p.m. and midnight, which is perfect for students who might walk to school in the morning and need a safe ride home at night. There are multiple taxi companies and also a company called SLO Safe Ride. Both are able to drive people around San Luis Obispo, particularly downtown for a night on the town. Zipcar is also present on campus for students without a car.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Bus
  • Get a ride
  • Motorcycle or scooter
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab to the airport costs approximately $15.
  • Take a bus, a cab, or have someone drive you.
Did You Know?
Cal Poly's Escort Van will drop off students anywhere within a half-mile of campus—for free!

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Escort Van Service
(805) 756-2281
Sunday–Thursday 7 p.m.–12 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

SLO Transit

If you show your student ID, you can ride for free.

(805) 541-2877

29 Prado Rd.

www.slocity.org/publicworks/transit.asp

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport

The terminal is open from 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

9035 Airport Drive

(805) 781-5205

www.sloairport.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

This station is about a six-minute drive or roughly 4.5 miles from campus.

1460 Calle Joaquin St.

(800) 231-2222

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

Amtrak is notoriously late and always slow. Be prepared to sit back with a book for a long, leisurely ride.

1011 Railroad Ave.

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 108 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 5% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 84% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 7% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 4% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 108 responses

  • 7% Nonexistent.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 8% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 31% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 52% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 96 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 96 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 96 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 109 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 7% Fairly difficult.
  • 48% Fairly easy.
  • 44% Very easy.
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