SLO to Tijuana Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $47
Fastest Way Train — 5h 52min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 42 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — bus, train, flight and by car
Distance 284 miles
Travel Companies Amtrak, United, Multiple Airlines
$48 · 9h 30min · 53 lb of CO2
San Luis Obispo to Tijuana
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$65 · 5h 52min · 67 lb of CO2
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$197 · 8h 35min · 1593 lb of CO2
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SLO to Tijuana Flights

There are 2 airports — SBP, SMX — that make sense to fly out of from SLO and 1 airports — SAN — to access Tijuana. The best deals are usually found by flying out of SBP.

United offers flights from SBP, SMX to SAN.

The cheapest way by air is via Multiple Airlines and flies from Santa Maria Pub Cpt G Allan Hancock Airport (SMX) to San Diego Intl (SAN). Multiple Airlines flies from Santa Maria Pub Cpt G Allan Hancock Airport (SMX) to San Diego Intl (SAN) and is the quickest flight to get you from SLO to Tijuana.
$38 · 5h 3min · 58 lb of CO2
SLO to Tijuana

Drive from SLO to Tijuana

It's 284 miles between SLO to Tijuana. On a typical day, it might take between 5h 3min and 5h 18min from SLO to Tijuana under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 5h 34min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to Tijuana by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.

We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $38.

What is the best way to travel from SLO to Tijuana?

The are 9 different ways across 4 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from SLO to Tijuana. The fastest way out of San Luis Obispo towards San Diego is by bus, as it is the quickest to the Tijuana area. This doesn't necessarily take into consideration traffic or weather - so these may impact some of your decision making. It's common to find tickets for as low as $46. Amtrak operates from SLO to Tijuana, so you book your trip with them! Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from SLO to Tijuana?

On your trip from SLO to Tijuana, it is best to book as soon as possible. It won't necessarily help reduce your price by a large amount, but will ensure that you have a spot on the bus or train.

Is the train or the bus better from SLO to Tijuana Baja California?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from SLO to Tijuana. There are quite a few things to consider for each. On a positive note, be glad you have the choice! Further, whenever you avoid driving - you don't have to worry about parking, focusing on the road. Additionally - you can focus on reading, work, or just relax.

While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to Tijuana is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the SLO/Tijuana buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from SLO is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between SLO CA and Tijuana during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!

The plus side of taking the train from SLO to Tijuana? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of Tijuana traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to Tijuana is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.

What's the cheapest way from SLO to Tijuana?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from SLO to Tijuana is by bus. The bus costs $47 roughly and will take 9 hours 4 minutes.

How much does Amtrak cost from SLO to Tijuana?

Amtrak costs about $67 between SLO and Tijuana. In total, the train will take roughly 6 hours 7 minutes and there are no connections that you will have to make. We recommend catching the train at SLO San Luis Obispo Amtrak, which is 0 miles from SLO. Further, once you arrive at SRB Sorrento Valley or you will still have 31 miles to Tijuana.

How long does it take from SLO to Tijuana by car?

The total distance between SLO and Tijuana is 284 miles and will take you about 5 hours 3 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $38.

Travel companies on this route

Amtrak Amtrak from SLO to Tijuana
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United United from SLO to Tijuana
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