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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles usually takes around 2 hours and 36 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train can make the trip in one hour and 46 minutes.

Distance87 mi (140 km)
Fastest train1h 46m
Lowest price$24.94
Trains per day15
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Pacific Surfliner
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.2

5.0

Christopher

September 9, 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

It arrived ahead of schedule, to my surprise!

It arrived ahead of schedule, to my surprise!

4.0

Arthur

August 14, 2019 - Business

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Staff was great and wanders did a really good job for us. Cons: Toilet 🚽 was filthy. Tips: Book with wanderu !!

Pros: Staff was great and wanders did a really good job for us. Cons: Toilet 🚽 was filthy. Tips: Book with wanderu !!

3.0

Christine

August 12, 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: It started out great! But then we were delayed, and delayed, and delayed with no real updates so friends were waiting to pick us up and had to wait a LONG time. Cons: better feedback about ACTUAL delays and timing? we sat on the track for over 30 minutes MULTIP...

Pros: It started out great! But then we were delayed, and delayed, and delayed with no real updates so friends were waiting to pick us up and had to wait a LONG time. Cons: better feedback about ACTUAL delays and timing? we sat on the track for over 30 minutes MULTIPLE times. This train had NO WI FI. Tips: It was my first time.....so I was disappointed. I was told there would be WiFi and there was not. I was also told that the trains are usually on time. NEVER over 2 hours late.....?

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4.0

Katherine

June 21, 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Train dropped off right at hotel in Santa Barbara. Cons: It would be nice to have ticket purchase at Chatsworth station. No bathroom at Chatsworth station.

Pros: Train dropped off right at hotel in Santa Barbara. Cons: It would be nice to have ticket purchase at Chatsworth station. No bathroom at Chatsworth station.

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

In the last month, C$32.86 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles, CA. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. 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$2.38 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$37$25$12JunJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles will vary between C$29 and C$36. Planning a train trip to Los Angeles within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Santa Barbara over the next 7 days is C$35. 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

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Traveling from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles 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$35 whenever you decide to board the train to Los Angeles.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles 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 Santa Barbara to Los Angeles?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak23h 13m$36.75
Amtrak Coast Starlight12h 42m$27.69
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner32h 16m$34.26
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $31.

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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 Santa Barbara to Los Angeles every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $25.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles?

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

The distance between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles is approximately 87 miles, or 140 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 36 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 46 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 Santa Barbara to Los Angeles are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Monday 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 9:00pm. 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 Los Angeles?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 15 of these are direct connections to Los Angeles. 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 Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles for $6.22.

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 Santa Barbara?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Santa Barbara where you can board the train to Los Angeles.

Train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • University Plaza

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

Arrival 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

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