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Trip Summary

There are 8 daily trains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. Traveling by train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara usually takes around 4 hours and 42 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train can make the trip in one hour and 42 minutes.

Distance87 mi (140 km)
Fastest train1h 42m
Lowest price$24.72
Trains per day15
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Pacific Surfliner
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Los Angeles, CA to Santa Barbara, CA

(Based on 14 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Martha

May 8, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Excelente. Cons: Wonderful. Tips: Yes I do.

Pros: Excelente. Cons: Wonderful. Tips: Yes I do.

5.0

sherill

May 7, 2021

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Helpful staff not only at the station but also on board. It was clean and had hand sanitizer. Tips: Great purchase price on Wanderu.

Pros: Helpful staff not only at the station but also on board. It was clean and had hand sanitizer. Tips: Great purchase price on Wanderu.

5.0

Kenneth

April 29, 2021- Business

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Very convenient and comfortable. Beats driving a car. Seemed pricey initially, but it may be a few dollars cheaper than driving. Cons: Always room for improvement tho this trip excellent Chatsworth Amtrak station was not impressive as bathrooms were closed. Tip...

Pros: Very convenient and comfortable. Beats driving a car. Seemed pricey initially, but it may be a few dollars cheaper than driving. Cons: Always room for improvement tho this trip excellent Chatsworth Amtrak station was not impressive as bathrooms were closed. Tips: Keep Amtrak in business Take the train when possible. Supporting rail transportation is a worthwhile goal.

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5.0

Lisa

February 14, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: It was relaxing and not many people. Cons: Keep the windows clean. Tips: No.

Pros: It was relaxing and not many people. Cons: Keep the windows clean. Tips: No.

4.0

Clifford

August 11, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Not having to fight the traffic was a Godsend. Will be taking the train again. Tips: Make sure if traveling to UCSB you don't get off the train in Santa Barbara - the stop is actually Goleta.

Pros: Not having to fight the traffic was a Godsend. Will be taking the train again. Tips: Make sure if traveling to UCSB you don't get off the train in Santa Barbara - the stop is actually Goleta.

What is the price of a train ticket from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

In the last month, $42.01 was the average price of a train ticket from Los Angeles, CA to Santa Barbara, CA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 24 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $19.50 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$56$37$19OctOct

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara will vary between C$36 and C$53. Planning a train trip to Santa Barbara within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Los Angeles over the next 7 days is C$44. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

$62$49$37$25$12NDJFMAMJJASO

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for May. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$33 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in September, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$42 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$62$49$37$25$123020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 24 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles will be about C$19.50 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

There are 3 train lines with service from Los Angeles, California to Santa Barbara, California. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 3 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak410h 46m$80.58
Amtrak Coast Starlight12h 10m$30.59
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner32h 11m$34.73
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 4 Amtrak trains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara every day, as well as 8 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $25.

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  • Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    The Pacific Surfliner is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs along the Pacific coast of Southern California, connecting San Luis Obispo to the north with San Diego to the south. The line is among the most famous Amtrak routes due to the unique scenic views it presents, as the train parallels the coastline for large portions of the 268-mile railroad stretch. The Pacific Surfliner offers first-class amenities like onboard restrooms, free WiFi, seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as storage racks for surfboards. On average, the service offers 3 train trips from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $31.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Our train 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, train 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 train 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 train.

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.

Can you take a train all the way from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

The distance between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara is approximately 87 miles, or 140 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 42 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 42 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara are the most crowded on Sunday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Los Angeles at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

There are 8 scheduled trains on most days. 15 of these are direct connections to Santa Barbara. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara for $9.88.

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 is the train station in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles, CA - Union Station - LAXUST-0

Image credit: David Wilson

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Departure stations

Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The station was opened in 1939 and has become one of California’s busiest transportation hubs, serving more than 100 thousand passengers per day. Every Amtrak route that goes through Los Angeles stops at Union Station. In addition, the area around the station serves as the main bus stop for several bus carriers that conduct trips in and out of the city. Located in Downtown LA, Union Station offers easy transit connections to other parts of the city via three Metro Rail lines and one Metro Busway line, as well as a shuttle service to LAX airport. Union Station also serves as the main LA hub for six lines of Metrolink, Southern California’s primary commuter rail service.

Train stations in Los Angeles:

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth

  • 592 Gayley Ave

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Arrival stations

Santa Barbara receives travelers from Los Angeles at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • University Plaza

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