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Journey Information

There are 63 intercity buses per day from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. Traveling by bus from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara usually takes around 2 hours and 39 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in just one hour and 30 minutes.

Distance87 mi (140 km)
Shortest duration1h 30m
Cheapest price$10.38
Trips per day63
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)




September 16, 2019- Visiting family


Pros: No charge for baggage and the bus wasn't very full so I got my own row :). Cons: Experience was exactly what I expected from a bus ride. Tips: Have a small travel bag with you for snacks, water, and electronics/books. No room under your feet.

Pros: No charge for baggage and the bus wasn't very full so I got my own row :). Cons: Experience was exactly what I expected from a bus ride. Tips: Have a small travel bag with you for snacks, water, and electronics/books. No room under your feet.

How much is a bus ticket from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

$76.51 is the average price of a bus ticket from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. Any tickets cheaper than $76.51 can be considered a great deal. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is expected to range from C$74 to C$79. If you are looking to travel to Santa Barbara within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from C$74. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are C$74 and can be found on May 23, 2022.

Monthly average prices


The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in October. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just C$21 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in April, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to C$70 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches


Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 26 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save C$1.25 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara that you can search and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 62 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway27h 23m$53.99
FlixBus US622h 21m$79.12
  • Amtrak Thruway

    Amtrak Thruway

    Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities. Amtrak Thruway bus tickets from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara start at $26. On average, there are 2 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 62 trips per day from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 39 minutes to cover the 140 kilometers from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 30 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Los Angeles?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus trips to Santa Barbara are there per day?

There are 63 scheduled buses that travel from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara; ticket prices start at $25.99.

City Information

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Los Angeles?

Departure stations

Buses to Santa Barbara leave from 15 stations in Los Angeles.

All bus stations in Los Angeles:

  • LAX Terminal 4

  • LAX Terminal 7

  • LAX Terminal 6

  • LAX Terminal 1

  • LAX Terminal 2

  • LAX Terminal 5

  • LAX Terminal 3

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • Downtown - Vignes Lot

  • Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

  • Anaheim Stadium Parking - 2626 E Katella Ave

  • Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy

  • Union Station

  • 105 N Cedros Ave - Solana Beach Transit Ctr

  • 120 East Santa Fe Ave - Fullerton Transp Ctr

Where does the bus arrive in Santa Barbara?

Arrival stations

Buses arrive in Santa Barbara at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Santa Barbara:

  • La Cumbre Plaza - Airbus Stop

  • 209 State Street

  • Santa Barbara Bus Station

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