Location + Access

The Central Coast is the heart of California, with convenient air, land and sea access to major destinations across the state.

Midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco along California’s coastal 101 highway, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties offer strategic connectivity, with high-speed fiber, uncongested highways, several harbors and three commercial airports.

Hassle-free travel

Hassle-free travel is the norm here. Dozens of direct flights connect you to hundreds of destinations.  Easy parking and uncrowded terminals allow you to arrive at your gate in minutes, relieving you of day-of travel stress.

General aviation airports with fixed-based operators are also located in Paso Robles and Oceano, making helicopter and private/charter jet travel to and from all parts of the Central Coast quick and easy. For the occasional long-haul flight, international airports in Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and San Jose (SJC) are a short connection or three-hour drive.

San Luis Obispo airport

San Luis Obispo

  • Service on American, United and Alaska Airlines with direct flights to Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle
  • $13.5M runway improvement completed in November 2021 
  • $40M new passenger terminal completed in 2017
airplane outisde Santa Maria airport

Santa Maria


  • Direct route to Las Vegas on Allegiant Air
  • 1,700 feet runway extension completed in 2012
  • Free parking
front entrance to Santa Barbara airport

Santa Barbara

  • Service on United, Southwest, American and Alaska Airlines with direct flights to Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle
  • Terminal improvements to increase ease of use, accessibility, and passenger experience

Ride the Rails

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner offer daily train service. The LA-to-Seattle Coast Starlight and SLO-to-San Diego Pacific Surfliner offer several stops throughout the Central Coast region, making any destination accessible. Greyhound and Amtrak Thruway Bus offer additional connections.

The Pacific Surfliner train enters the station at Santa Barbara.

Digitally Connected

San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County boast excellent long-haul connectivity, sitting atop the high-speed fiber running from Silicon Valley to Los Angeles and as the landing point for international submarine fiber-optic cables. Grover Beach serves as home to the Pacific Crossing cable landing station, giving businesses direct access to North and South American, Asian and other international markets. Most cities feature high-speed fiber through business/industrial areas. 

map showing areas served by fiber broadband