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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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Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.

What to Expect

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport 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

As of October 2018, we have received no recent reviews from travellers who have passed through this airport.  Please write a review to help future travellers!  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 airport guide below.

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.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Airport Hotels

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

  • The Madonna Inn – (9 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle available daily from 8:00AM to 7:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Quality Suites Central Coast – (10 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Avenue Inn Downtown San Luis Obispo – (9 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 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.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

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


As of February 2018, San Luis Obispo airport is served by the following airlines: American Airlines • Alaska Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Avis, Budget, Enterprise and 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.


Ride-On Transportation and Smart Shuttle offer shared-ride door-to-door shuttle service to and from the airport. Contact your service provider of choice for service area and fare information.


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

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.