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Sacramento-Santa Barbara Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There are 7 daily trains from Sacramento to Santa Barbara. Traveling by train from Sacramento to Santa Barbara usually takes around 10 hours and 42 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 9 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance304 mi (490 km)
Fastest train9h 25m
Lowest price$65.39
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

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

In the last month, C$69.46 was the average price of a train ticket from Sacramento, CA to Santa Barbara, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 8 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$11.55 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$91$61$30JunJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Sacramento to Santa Barbara will vary between C$69 and C$79. Planning a train trip to Santa Barbara within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Sacramento over the next 7 days is C$69. 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

$91$73$54$36$18JASONDJFMAMJ
Traveling from Sacramento to Santa Barbara by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around C$69 whenever you decide to board the train to Santa Barbara.

Prices as travel date approaches

$91$73$54$36$183020100

Since the average price of train trips from Sacramento to Santa Barbara remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Sacramento to Santa Barbara?

2 train services operate from Sacramento, California to Santa Barbara, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 6 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak610h 38m$71.69
Amtrak Coast Starlight111h 21m$74.46
  • 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 6 Amtrak trains from Sacramento to Santa Barbara every day, as well as 9 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $65.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Sacramento 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 Sacramento to Santa Barbara?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Sacramento 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 Sacramento to Santa Barbara?

The distance between Sacramento and Santa Barbara is approximately 304 miles, or 490 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 42 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 9 hours and 25 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Sacramento to Santa Barbara are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Saturday 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 Sacramento at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. 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 Sacramento to Santa Barbara?

There are 7 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Sacramento to Santa Barbara. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Santa Barbara to Sacramento. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Sacramento to Santa Barbara for $36.31.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Sacramento?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Sacramento.

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Arrival stations

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

Train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • University Plaza

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