Best Methods of Transportation Between Wineries in Paso Robles
July 18, 2023
One of the most important things to consider when planning the perfect trip to wine country is your transportation between the wineries.
Since you’ll likely be consuming wine during your visit, you’ll want to ensure that you are doing it safely and not putting yourself, and others, at risk by getting behind the wheel of a car. While some of the wineries in Paso Robles are within close proximity of each other, there are some that are further away.
With the availability of different rideshare services and other modes of transportation, there is no reason to ruin a wonderful day by getting behind the wheel when you shouldn’t. We’ve put together a list of the different types of transportation services available in Paso Robles to help keep you, and all the other visitors to Paso, safe and healthy.
Paso Robles Modes of Transportation
If you’re coming to Paso Robles to enjoy tastings at the incredible wineries in town, then we highly recommend you figure out your transportation before you start your day. There are a number of different transportation options in town, but depending on what you choose, they can book up which could leave you waiting at one place longer than you thought. The best way to avoid that is to hire one of the many transportation or tour companies in town.
Private Transportation and Wine Tours
Because wineries and vineyards need lots of space to plant and grow grapes, this means that tasting rooms can sometimes be far apart. In most cases you’re not going to be walking from tasting room to tasting room, you’ll need a vehicle.
One of our favorite, and most recommended ways, to travel between wineries is with a private transportation company or as part of a wine tour.
By utilizing a private transportation company you will be able to hand off the responsibility of driving to someone else as you enjoy your day.
Most private transportation companies will ask for your itinerary which they will then use to determine where you need to be a certain time and what times are best to pick you up from each tasting room.
Since this is their job, they know how long it takes to get between each winery or tasting room, and any food spots you may want to swing through on the way to the next stop, and they will even have recommendations for you.
In addition to that, they’ll be able to hold on to any wine bottles you may have purchased at the various tasting rooms, or personal items like sweatshirts and umbrellas, so you don’t have to bring them with you to each place.
Wine tours offer very similar experiences, but you are typically at the mercy of where the tour is going, and you will be accompanied by many other patrons on the same tour.
If you want the best transportation experience from your visit to wine country, this would be our top choice.
Rideshare Services – Uber/Lyft
As with most cities these days, Paso Robles has a couple of ride-sharing options. Uber and Lyft operate in Paso Robles and can be summoned from your phone when you’re ready to head to your next destination.
Uber and Lyft are great if you’re not too worried about time or are just looking to explore different areas around Paso Robles, but if you’re on a stricter time schedule due to reservations at tasting rooms, this may not be the best option.
Especially during peak times, Uber and Lyft can become overloaded and it can make it hard to summon a car. You’re at the mercy of the number of drivers working at any given time, so if there are more riders than there are drivers, you may have longer than usual wait times.
This can become a problem if you’re trying to make it to a tasting room on the other side of town in a hurry, so just be sure you plan ahead and keep an eye on the apps to ensure you won’t be late for your next reservation.
Uber Wine, which could be booked for an entire day of wine tasting, used to be an option in Paso Robles, but as of currently, it has been discontinued here.
Paso Robles does not offer a traditional yellow cab taxi service in town, but there are a few local private taxi services that run regularly throughout Paso Robles.
There is no taxi services in town that drive around looking to pick up fares like in bigger cities so you will have to plan ahead and make reservations with these private cab companies if you want to use their services.
Public Buses in Paso Robles
If you’re looking for public transit options for getting around Paso Robles, then there are a couple of bus routes throughout the city.
These routes may not help you very much if you’re trying to get to wineries and tasting rooms though, as the routes are restricted to the downtown/city area of Paso Robles, whereas a lot of the wineries are just outside of downtown Paso.
The bus can be a great option if you want to explore the city of Paso Robles though. Fares start at $.75 one-way for seniors, disabled, and youth under 12, while all others are $1.50 per rider. The bus runs from 6:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. during the week and from 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Saturdays, with no service on Sundays.
Getting Around Paso Robles Safely
Wine tasting in Paso Robles is one of the best ways to experience what the region has to offer. Visiting multiple wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms will give you a chance to experience a variety of different wines from a number of different winemakers.
But a great day of wine tasting with friends or family can be ruined in an instant with one accident. With so many great private transportation companies, rideshare options, and taxi cabs available if you need them, there is no reason that anyone should be driving themselves to multiple places in a day (unless you have a designated driver in your group).
Keeping yourself, and others, safe while enjoying the beauty of Paso Robles will ensure that you have an unforgettable trip with as little stress as possible.