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San Francisco-Santa Barbara Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. Traveling by train from San Francisco to Santa Barbara usually takes around 10 hours and 52 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 10 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance277 mi (446 km)
Fastest train10h 30m
Lowest price$56.02
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

In the last month, C$66.17 was the average price of a train ticket from San Francisco, CA to Santa Barbara, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$10.66 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$73$49$24JunJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from San Francisco to Santa Barbara will vary between C$62 and C$73. Planning a train trip to Santa Barbara within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from San Francisco over the next 7 days is C$62. 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$55$37$18JASONDJFMAMJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from San Francisco to Santa Barbara by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for July. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$62 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$74 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

$91$73$55$37$183020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Santa Barbara from San Francisco will be about C$10.66 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects San Francisco, California to Santa Barbara, California. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak310h 52m$68.60
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from San Francisco to Santa Barbara every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $56.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Francisco 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 San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

While the train is the main method of transportation from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

How long is the train journey from San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

The distance between San Francisco and Santa Barbara is approximately 277 miles, or 446 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 52 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 10 hours and 30 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00am. 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 San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Santa Barbara to San Francisco. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Francisco to Santa Barbara for $24.34.

Station Information

Where is the train station in San Francisco?

Departure stations

There is one train station in San Francisco.

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Arrival stations

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

Train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • University Plaza

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