Shell Beach travel guide

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You're Going to Love Shell Beach

Shell Beach is a must-see destination in California, United States.

When to visit Shell Beach

Shell Beach in March
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Shell Beach in March
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Shell Beach


When flying to Shell Beach, you’ll arrive at San Luis Obispo County (SBP), which is located 10 km from the city centre.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Shell Beach. The train journey from Shell Beach to Los Angeles takes 4h 45m and costs around $73 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from San Jose, expect to pay about $49 for a 4h 58m trip.


Another option to get to Shell Beach is to pick up a car hire from Los Angeles, which is about 248 km from Shell Beach. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Thrifty, among others, in Los Angeles.


Amtrak operates bus routes to Shell Beach. From San Jose, the bus ride to Shell Beach takes 378 km and will cost you around $152. From Los Angeles, the ticket costs about $192 for a journey of 435 km.

Airlines serving Shell Beach

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United Airlines
Good (4,271 reviews)
Qatar Airways
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Austrian Airlines
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Air Canada
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Alaska Airlines
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Copa Airlines
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American Airlines
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Air New Zealand
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Where to stay in Shell Beach

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Shell Beach Inn and The Palomar Inn.

Where to stay in popular areas of Shell Beach

Most booked hotels in Shell Beach

Madonna Inn
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Luis Obispo Downtown
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
Apple Farm
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Luis Obispo
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
San Luis Inn And Suites
Good (7.1, Good reviews)
Rose Garden Inn San Luis Obispo
Good (7, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in Shell Beach

Expect to pay $1.86 per litre in Shell Beach (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $22.26 and $29.68.