Trains from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles

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Trip Summary

There are 10 daily trains from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles usually takes around 4 hours and 58 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in one hour and 59 minutes.

Distance87 mi (140 km)
Fastest train1h 59m
Lowest price$25.57
Trains per day18
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles

(Based on 13 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Carolyn

April 30, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: I enjoyed the freedom to travel with friends and not having to be stressed about driving. Cons: This was out of the control of Amtrak, but there was a “goat” on the track which caused an extended delay. We still managed to laugh and talk and snack and snooze enjo...

Pros: I enjoyed the freedom to travel with friends and not having to be stressed about driving. Cons: This was out of the control of Amtrak, but there was a “goat” on the track which caused an extended delay. We still managed to laugh and talk and snack and snooze enjoying the mountains and coastal scenery. Tips: Life is short. Don’t stress. Bring your headphones listening to your favorite podcast or music. Pray for traveling safety. I didn’t use WiFi, so I don’t know if it was working on board.

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5.0

Mia

December 28, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Safe and peaceful the whole way. Cons: No complaints here!

Pros: Safe and peaceful the whole way. Cons: No complaints here!

5.0

Stephen

October 18, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: Good value and convenient. Cons: It's fine the way it is.

Pros: Good value and convenient. Cons: It's fine the way it is.

5.0

Danielle

October 8, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Coast Starlight

The relaxing feeling and the beautiful scenery

The relaxing feeling and the beautiful scenery

5.0

Jamie

August 15, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

The view and the coffee and the fact that it wasn’t Full

The view and the coffee and the fact that it wasn’t Full

Price trends for trains from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles

Average prices by travel date

$58$38$19AugAug

Monthly average prices

$96$77$58$38$19SONDJFMAMJJA

Prices as travel date approaches

$64$51$38$26$133020100

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

There are 3 train lines with service from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 8 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak85h 34m$51.60
Amtrak Coast Starlight12h 39m$31.64
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner12h 29m$36.35
  • 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 8 Amtrak trains from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles every day, as well as 43 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $26.

  • Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight

    The Coast Starlight is an Amtrak train that travels the entire length of the West Coast, connecting Los Angeles to Seattle. The route starts hugging the California coastline, treating passengers to swoon-worthy views of the Pacific, before continuing into the verdant forests of the Cascade Mountains. The Coast Starlight indisputably earns its spot among the most scenic Amtrak train routes. Seating options include Coach or Business Class and roomettes or bedrooms for extra space. A trip from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours and 39 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at $26.

  • 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 Los Angeles every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $32.

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 4 hours and 58 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 59 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 Friday. 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 Sunday 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 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 10 scheduled trains on most days. 18 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.

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.

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?

Main departure station: 209 State Street

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Santa Barbara where you can board the train.

All train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • 209 State Street

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

  • Salesforce Plaza

  • Intermodal Station - 800 Pine St

  • 245 Second St

  • 1 Grand Avenue, Building 113

  • 11 Station Pl

  • 1011 Railroad Ave

  • Santa Maria Bus Stop

  • 180 W Grand Ave

  • 237 East Hwy 246

  • 1630 Mission Dr

  • 5885 Horton St

  • Valley Station - 401 I St

  • BART Station - 1700 Nevin Ave

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles, CA - Union Station - LAXUST-0

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Main arrival station: Union Station

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:

  • Union Station

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth

  • Metrolink Station

  • 592 Gayley Ave

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