Public transportation can sometimes be confusing and intimidating, especially for first-time riders. But our bus drivers are here to help you learn how to ride and enjoy the freedom that comes from traveling car-free! Please don’t hesitate to ask them questions about how we can best serve you.
Your travels from Downtown San Luis Obispo can start at the Downtown Transit Center, near the County Government Center at Osos Street and Palm Street. You can make convenient connections with the City of San Luis Obispo (SLO Transit) buses diagonally across the street.
How to Read the Bus Schedule
One of the first things to know is how to read the bus schedule. Check out this video for a quick lesson in understanding our schedule brochures.
All buses accept cash fares and bus passes. Cash fares must be exact as the drivers do not carry change. Please see the fare grid on the route you want to ride to know what your fare will be. You can purchase a $5.50 regional day pass on any RTA bus or a $3 SoCo Transit day pass on any SoCo Transit bus. All other passes are sold online or at pass outlets.
See the destinations served by RTA: Route 9 (towards Paso Robles), Route 10 (towards Santa Maria), Route 12 (towards Morro Bay), Route 14. Route 12 connects you to Route 15 which takes you North to Cayucos, Cambria and San Simeon.
Paso Express is based out of our North County Transit Center at 8th and Pine where the Amtrak train stops as well. Routes A and B will take you around Paso Robles every hour, Monday through Saturday and connect you with the rest of the county via RTA Route 9.
South County Transit (SCT Routes)
RTA also operates South County Transit which includes Route 21, Route 24, Route 27 and Route 28. Most have hourly service, seven days a week, connecting the Five Cities area – including Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Shell Beach, Arroyo Grande, and Oceano – to the rest of the county via RTA’s Route 10.
If you need help planning your San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority, we first recommend using our Trip Planner to get started. You can also talk to a person about your trip by calling 511 for transit information in SLO County or call RTA at (805) 541-2228.