From Los Angeles: (~ 230 miles)
Take Hwy 101-N through Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo (200 miles). In San Luis Obispo, follow the signs for HWY 1 exit, towards Heart Castle/San Simeon. You will pass Morro Bay, Cayucos and Harmony. Cambria is next - exit at "Main Street" and stay RIGHT.
Wind along Main Street for 1.5 miles. Note - this is a woodsy area with few buildings - but yes, you are on track. After you see the first few motels in town's East Village, make a right on Bridge Street and you will find us 100 yards up the hill, on the right - 4314 Bridge Street.
From San Francisco: (~ 232 miles)
Take Hwy 101 South to Paso Robles (about 205 miles) and take Hwy 46 West. This part along Hwy 46 is 22 miles and will take about 30 minutes until you meet Hwy 1. On Hwy 1, go north (right) for 2.2 miles. Exit at "Main Street" in Cambria to the RIGHT.
Wind along Main Street for 1.5 miles. Note - this is a woodsy area with few buildings - but yes, you are on track. After you see the first few motels in town's East Village, make a right on Bridge Street and you will find us 100 yards up the hill, on the right- 4314 Bridge Street.
From Big Sur Or Monterey, Going South On HWY 1:
From Hwy 1, exit at Windsor Drive and make a left, across the highway. Make an immediate right on Main Street and continue for about one mile. Make a left on Bridge Street and you will find us 100 yards up the hill, on the right - 4314 Bridge Street.
Getting to Cambria without Driving
You don't need a car at all. While it would not be truthful to say it's easy to get to us without driving, it is quite possible and well worth the effort. Once in Cambria, we have bicycles available for easy rides around town, along Moonstone Beach, and even to lovely San Simeon Bay.
If you are already staying at a hostel in LA or San Francisco, ask around to see if anyone is driving north or south along the coast. If not, read on...
Getting to San Luis Obispo by train or bus:
Consider taking an Amtrak train. Trains run 3-4 times per day from L.A. and once per day from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo, about 35 miles south of Cambria. The ride takes 5-6 hours from either L.A. or San Francisco. See Amtrak.com for schedules.
You can take bicycles on Amtrak and local bus connections. The bus stop for buses departing to Cambria is about a ten-minute walk from the train station. With bags, you'll want to catch a local transfer bus to the Government Center, to catch Bus #12 to Morro Bay and #15 to Cambria. See more info on this below.
Also check the Greyhound bus schedules that will be similarly priced and slightly faster (though not as scenic as the train ride along the coast!). Here's a tip: Greyhound might be surprisingly more convenient for North Hollywood departures in LA, or from South of San Francisco (San Jose).
Check the schedule details for the specific route and arrival location in San Luis Obispo. The Greyhound buses used to use the train station, but the station location for greyhound keep changing so please refer to their website.
Local bus information to Cambria:
See regional bus schedules at Google.com/transit or www.slorta.org. Buses do not run very late in the evening to or from Cambria. If you arrive late, or need to be in San Luis Obispo for an early departure, consider a night at Hostel Obispo -it's a block away from the train station.
Getting from San Luis Obispo to Cambria: Local Bus #12 from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay and #15 between Morro Bay and Cambria.
From San Luis Obispo Government Center,. take local bus #12 towards Morro Bay and transfer to 15 towards San Simeon.
Exit in Cambria at Burton and Main Street, only about 3 blocks away from the Inn. (Buses run about 3-4 times per day Monday-Friday, with altered schedules on Saturday and Sunday.) This ride from San Luis Obispo to Cambria will take about 80 minutes and costs $3.00.
Notice that there are several 12 buses from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay, but very limited Route 15 trips per day.
"Bus - Route 12"
Route 12 departs San Luis Obispo at Gov't Center to Morro Bay, then transfer at the Morro Bay transit center to Route 15 northbound to Cambria.
See map (click here and select ""Schedules"" on the left, then route 12)
Notice that there different schedules on Saturdays and Sundays see mind the days of the week on the schedules.
San Luis Obispo - Morro Bay - 12
Morro Bay - Cayucos - Cambria - San Simeon is Route15
*"Service is different on Saturdays and Sundays, and may be limited on holidays.