Trains from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria

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Santa Barbara - Carpinteria Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria usually takes around 18 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 13 minutes.

Distance10 mi (17 km)
Fastest train0h 13m
Lowest price$10.02
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Price trends for trains from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria

Average prices by travel date

$19$13$6AugAug

Monthly average prices

$32$26$19$13$6SONDJFMAMJJA

Prices as travel date approaches

$32$26$19$13$63020100

Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria?

2 train services operate from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak50h 20m$10.47
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner10h 14m$10.05
  • 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 5 Amtrak trains from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $10.

  • 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 1 train trips from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $10.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Santa Barbara and Carpinteria is approximately 10 miles, or 17 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 18 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 13 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Carpinteria.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Santa Barbara at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. 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 Santa Barbara to Carpinteria?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Carpinteria. 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 Carpinteria to Santa Barbara.

City Information

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a major travel destination along the southern coast of California. Dramatically situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara offers incomparable scenery with a comfortably warm climate year-round. White stucco buildings with Mediterranean-style architecture, gorgeous beaches, and upscale local cuisine give Santa Barbara the nickname "The American Riviera."

There are many kinds of vacations to enjoy in Santa Barbara. You can spend days on the soft sand of Leadbetter Beach, surfing in the swells at Rincon Point, or shopping for trinkets along Stearns Wharf. Or embrace the area's history by visiting the Mission Santa Barbara, a Spanish mission founded in 1786. Highlights from the mission include Spanish architecture, a rose garden, a museum, and even crypts.

Santa Barbara Airport, only a few miles from downtown, serves passengers to the region. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner stops in Santa Barbara on its way from San Diego to San Luis Obispo, with plenty of connections to other SoCal hotspots. Intercity buses, including FlixBus, offer routes from Santa Barbara to destinations like L.A., San Diego, and Las Vegas.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Main departure station: 209 State Street

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 4 stops and stations in Santa Barbara where you can board the train.

All train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • 209 State Street

  • 5885 Horton St

  • 25 South La Patera Ln

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

Where is the train station in Carpinteria?

Main arrival station: 475 Linden Ave

Carpinteria has one train station.

Train stations in Carpinteria:

  • 475 Linden Ave

Need a return trip from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara?

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