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visit to Hearst Castle - approaching/leaving by train

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visit to Hearst Castle - approaching/leaving by train

Hi -

I'd like to visit Hearst Castle & plan to arrive/depart from the area by train.

Does anyone have particular recommendations about

which train station & perhaps how to get/to from

there & San Simeon - as well as any recommendations on where to stay or eat, etc.



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1. Re: visit to Hearst Castle - approaching/leaving by train

The closest train station to San Simeon is in San Luis Obispo, which is about 45 minutes away.

The best way to get to San Simeon from S.L.O. is by car. You could hire a taxi to drive you to a car rental agency to pick up a car for your stay here.

You could also hire a limo or tour service, but that would be very expensive.

I just checked our local bus routes and there is service to Hearst/San Simeon on Route 12 Monday-Saturday. You should check their website for schedules, etc.


It would probably be easier for you to stay in San Luis Obispo, as bus service is more readily available.

There are several hotels on Monterey Street within walking distance of a variety of eateries.

Best Western Somerset Inn

Holiday Inn Express

La Cuesta Motor Inn

Quality Suites

San Luis Creek Lodge

If you prefer to stay in San Simeon: Best Western Cavalier, Sands Hotel, Motel 6.

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2. Re: visit to Hearst Castle - approaching/leaving by train

From San Luis Obispo, I recommend renting a car. Alternatively, you can take RTA Route 12 or use a tour operator who books travel in conjunction with Amtrak.

Note that Route 12 now operates daily, not just Monday-Saturday. However, the bus ride is long and infrequent, so I do not recommend it unless necessary.

Having a car will give you a great amount of flexibility, not only with regard to time but also places to stop off and visit.

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3. Re: visit to Hearst Castle - approaching/leaving by train

And do not forget to reserve your Hearst Castle tour ahead of time, which you can do online...


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4. Re: visit to Hearst Castle - approaching/leaving by train

Also see California Parlor Car Tours (which has a train option) www.calpartours.com

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5. Re: visit to Hearst Castle - approaching/leaving by train

As for restaurants, if you rent a car and end up staying in San Simeon, try the Manta Ray restaurant. It's in the Quality Suites on the east side of Hwy 1 and is a local secret. Only seats about 25. In San Luis Obispo, Novo on Higuera Street, or Buona Tavola if you like Italian.

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6. Re: visit to Hearst Castle - approaching/leaving by train

For a special meal in SLO try the Madonna Inn

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