If you’re visiting San Luis Obispo you’ll likely need a car to get around and see the sites. If you’re arriving without your own car, there are several rental car services available. Most of the major rental car services are available at the San Luis Obispo Airport, and also located within the town. Local taxi and limo services are also available and include shuttle buses or full-day tours.

Downtown is small enough for a leisurely walk, but you can catch a ride on the city’s open trolley, which operates on a loop that runs every 20 minutes. There is no service on Christmas Day or Thanksgiving Day, and service on Thursday is limited to running from 3:30pm until 9pm, but is 12noon to 9pm on Friday and Saturdays, and Sunday 10am until 3:30pm. It costs $.25 to ride the trolley.

If you need to venture a bit further out the SLO Transit city bus line, and the Central Coast Area Transit (CCAT) provide service as far out as Santa Maria and San Simeon. Schedules and fare information is available on the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Web site. City and regional buses include bike racks, should you decide that you couldn’t make it back after that long ride.

There is also Ride-On, which will help you get you to where you need to go. The non-profit, community-based cooperative organization runs a fleet of vans, buses and wheelchair accessible vehicles to help get locals and visitors around the city. Reservations need to be made at least 24 hours in advance. Ride-On can be reached at 805-541-TRIP.