Getting to Arroyo Grande from San Francisco

San Francisco is the 4th most populous city in California, and the 13th most populous city in the Nation. Arroyo Grande is the perfect escape for those times that you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Arroyo Grande is located in the heart of the Central Coast. Just minutes away from beautiful beaches, Lopez Lake, award-winning golf courses and wineries. San Luis Obispo is a 10 minute drive away, while Pismo Beach is only 5 minutes. It is the perfect town to escape to from Northern California. Sometimes it is tricky to find the perfect way to get to Arroyo Grande. The three common ways to reach this beautiful city by: train, plane, or car. Below are common routes from San Francisco airports, train stops and locations for your convenience.


By Train

A trip on the train would be the perfect form of transportation for someone who does not want to drive, or is afraid of flying. A train ride might be the longest of the 3 methods, but it might be the most relaxing. You can sit back and enjoy the scenery and rest before arriving to Arroyo Grande. Since San Francisco is a big city, not all of the train stations have been listed. Some of the train stations to depart from San Francisco include:

  • San Francisco – Transbay Temp Terminal
  • San Francisco – Financial District
  • San Francisco – Fisherman’s Wharf
  • San Francisco – Caltrain Station
  • San Francisco – Civic Center

Arroyo Grande is located minutes away from other Central Coast cities. We mentioned this because there aren’t any train stations in Arroyo Grande, but there are a few nearby. Some of the stations where you can arrive at before reaching Arroyo Grande include:

  • Grover Beach Station – Approximately 10 Minute drive to Arroyo Grande
  • San Luis Obispo Station – Approximately 20 Minute drive to Arroyo Grande
  • Santa Maria Station- Approximately 20 Minute drive to Arroyo Grande

By Plane

Flying to Arroyo Grande from San Francisco is also an option. Flying has limited options compared going on the train, but it is also the fastest way to get there (approx. 65 minutes). The airports that you can fly from include:

  • San Francisco International Airport
  • Oakland International Airport
  • Napa County Airport
  • Hayward Executive Airport

Arroyo Grande does not host an airport in the city; however, there are a couple of airports nearby that are driving distance to Arroyo Grande. Those airports include:

  • Santa Maria Public Airport District – Approximately 25 Minute Drive to Arroyo Grande
  • San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport – Approximately 20 Minute Drive to Arroyo Grande

By Car

Lastly, the driving route. Driving tends to be the the most common method of transportation. The mileage that you can expect to accumulate in your drive to Arroyo Grande can range from 250 to 320 miles depending on your departure from the San Francisco area. Driving to Arroyo Grande can be done from a couple of different routes. The most common route being the 101 South Freeway. Depending on where you are in San Francisco will determine the freeway(s) that you will take. Some of the locations and freeways include:

  • Located in Daly City: Interstate 280 South, Merge into CA-85 South, Merge into 101 South
  • Located in San Francisco: Directly onto 101 South
  • Located in San Francisco: Interstate 280 South, Merge into 101 South
  • Located in San Francisco: 101 South, Merge into Interstate 80 East, connect to I-580 East, Merge into Interstate 5 South, exit towards CA-41, merge into 101 South