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San Luis Obispo Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our San Luis Obispo Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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SBP Airport Overview

san luis obispo airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.

What to Expect

San Luis Obispo Airport (code: SBP) consists of a small, recently-renovated terminal with multiple gates, a restaurant, cafe and vending machines. WiFi is available and there are mobile device charging stations on the airside. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.  According to a 2005 review, benches were reportedly “comfy enough to sleep on.” That said, the airport terminal is closed overnight after the last flight arrival.  There are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in San Luis Obispo Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton San Luis Obispo – (10 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn & Suites- San Luis Obispo – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Courtyard San Luis Obispo – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near San Luis Obispo Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

At the time of this update there we no pay-per-use lounges.  If this information is not correct, click here to update this guide.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at San Luis Obispo Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Baggage Claim area.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available in the Baggage Claim area.

Currency Exchange – Not available.

Duty Free & Shopping – No duty free shops available. There is a gift shop in the Runaway Café.

Food & Drinks – SLO Cafe and Market Place is the only in-terminal dining option, located Airside. Hours: Opens at 5:00AM. Vending machines are available airside. To the east of the airport terminal is Spirit of San Luis Restaurant. Hours: 7:00AM – 8:00PM Mon-Fri (Open at 9:00AM on Sunday).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Charging stations are located in the terminal, airside.

Pet Services – Travelling with a 4 legged companion? The airport has an area for pets to stretch their legs, drink water and take their potty breaks.Location: Airside in the courtyard.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 4:00AM – 12:30AM (or until the last flight arrives).


San Luis Obispo airport is served by the following airlines: Alaska AirlinesAmerican Airlines • Contour Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The airport is connected to the public transportation system via Bus Route 1A/B. The bus runs once an hour from 6:40AM – 9:40PM. For more information, visit the San Luis Obispo Transit website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Madonna Inn and Quality Suites San Luis Obispo.


The following shuttle companies offer shared-ride door-to-door shuttle service for passengers arriving at San Luis Obispo Airport: Ride-On Transportation • SLO Safe Ride. Contact your service provider of choice for service area and fare information.


Taxis are available in the ground transportation area during airport hours of operation. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.