The City of San Luis Obispo’s Transit Division operates a Quality Fixed Route service along with a seasonal Trolley Shuttle Service. Travel conveniently from neighborhoods to major shopping centers, local schools, including Cal Poly University, medical offices, and work sites on one of SLO Transit’s seven fixed routes.
The Old SLO Trolley is a fun way to get from the hotels on North Monterey to Downtown SLO on Thursdays for the Farmers' Market year round and in the warmer months; you can ride the Trolley Friday and Saturdays to SLO’s beautiful Downtown.
Full SRTP draft: SLO Transit Full SRTP Draft (pdf, 8.29 mb)
Summary of Public Comments: Summary of SRTP Public Comments (pdf, 0.23 mb)
June 1 - August 31, 2016
Summer Youth Ride Free is an annual Rideshare program that allows K-12 students to take the bus for free during summer months. No pass is required. Students simply present their student ID to the driver (when they've been issued one - for younger students this may not apply). This program gives youth a positive exposure to transit services.
The Tripper Bus Service began August 24, 2015. The Tripper makes three short-looped morning and afternoon trips starting at the Transit Center and servicing SLO High School and other SLO Transit stops. Make sure to check out the KSBY SLO Transit Tripper Commercial!
SLO Transit, in coordination with San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (RTA), is currently in the process of updating the Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP). An independent third party contractor is working with both transit agencies to develop this planning document, which will provide direction in planning system growth and responding to needed changes in the next five to seven years. The public is invited to participate in the planning process. On-bus and online surveys to gather information and perceptions from current riders have recently concluded. Public meetings will be announced shortly. Please stay tuned to the Mass Transportation Committee webpage for updated meeting announcements and agendas.
Bus Dispatch and Lost & Found: (805) 541-2877
Regional Transit Information: slorta.org
How do I figure out the bus I need, at the time I need it?
We have several ways for you to access a current schedule, which includes bus routes and fares.
- Smart phone – download the SLO Bus Tracker app to access real time data on your Apple or Android phone.
- Computer/Smart phone - A map/schedule of our bus routes is located here.
- Paper schedule – printed maps/schedules are available at:
o All bus pass outlets
o On all City buses
o City/County Library
o Cal Poly University Union
o For people with visual impairments, call 805-541-2877
What’s the difference between SLO Transit and RTA?SLO Transit provides daily fixed-route transit service within the City limits and Cal Poly State University. This program also provides downtown trolley shuttle service.
RTA operates bus service connecting cities throughout San Luis Obispo County (and beyond), including Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and more. RTA also oversees the administration of South County Area Transit (SCAT) which operates in the Five Cities area of Shell Beach, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Oceano and Arroyo Grande. http://www.slorta.org/about
When does the trolley run?
Please refer to our Trolley Schedule.
Where can I buy a bus pass?
When do I need a transfer?You will need a transfer if you are transferring from one SLO Transit bus to another SLO Transit bus to complete one direction of your trip. Please request when you board the first bus.
Transfers from SLO Transit to SLO Transit are FREE (Does not apply to RTA)
There are no transfers from the Downtown Trolley to SLO Transit
Transfers are valid for one hour, and for the same direction to complete your trip.
Lost and found – I left something on the bus, where can I find it?Please call us at 805-541-2877.
Can I buy a pass that works on both SLO Transit and RTA?
A Regional Day Pass will allow you to ride on SLO Transit, RTA, SCT, Paso Express and North County Shuttle Routes.
Regional Day Passes can be purchased at the following:
- On-board all SLO Transit, RTA, SCT and Paso Express buses
Longer term Regional passes are available for purchase from an RTA pass outlet - http://www.slorta.org/fares/passes
I heard that SLO Transit is hiring bus drivers, how do I apply?Please contact our transit operator, First Transit, directly: http://www.firsttransit.com/careers