The City of San Luis Obispo’s Transit Division operates a quality fixed route service, as well as a seasonal Trolley. Travel conveniently from neighborhoods to major shopping centers, local schools, including Cal Poly, medical offices, and work sites on one of SLO Transit’s eight fixed routes.
The Old SLO Trolley is a charming and fun way to get from the hotels on North Monterey to Downtown SLO on Thursdays for the weekly Farmers Market and, in the warmer months, you can ride the Trolley on Fridays and Saturdays.
SLO Transit routes include Routes 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B. Route A (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) travels clockwise and Route B (1B, 2B, 3B, 4B) travels counterclockwise, providing you with bidirectional service along nearly the same route. Bidirectional service gives you the most efficient route option for your travel direction.
Ride Guide Booklet (combined route information).
Effective August 20, 2018:
Effective September 3, 2018:
Effective September 20, 2018:
Experience the holiday season in Downtown SLO with FREE rides on the Holiday Trolley. Beginning this Friday, the Holiday Trolley will be looping through downtown decked out with holiday lights and decorations. The Holiday Trolley services designated downtown stops every 10 to 15 minutes on Fridays - Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 23 - Dec. 23, 2018. By parking in one of the three downtown parking structures, the Holiday Trolley is your connection to downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment. View Holiday Trolley postcard.
You're Riding an Award Winning Transit System!
2018 - CalACT (California Association for Coordinated Transportation) named SLO Transit the Outstanding Transportation Agency for 2018. The award honors an agency that has demonstrated achievement in efficiency, effectiveness, and customer service.
2018 - Metro Magazine honored SLO Transit with the 2018 Award of Innovation, recognizing the City of San Luis Obispo’s entire reworking of its vehicle specifications to modernize its transit fleet while simultaneously improving the safety and operation of the vehicles.
2018 - APWA (American Public Works Association) honored SLO Transit with the 2017 Project of the Year — Sustainable Initiatives award for its transit fleet modernization and upgrade project.
Take a Virtual Tour!
March 9, 2017 - SLO Transit now has three upgraded buses that will replace three 2001 buses scheduled to be retired this year. These new 40-foot, low-floor vehicles were purchased thanks in part to a 1.1 million dollar federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) grant. In addition to having the latest emission-reduction technology and electric engine cooling, the vehicles come outfitted with many exterior and interior upgrades. Check out the interior upgrades highlighted below:
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 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