Trains from Santa Barbara to Oxnard
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There are 11 daily trains from Santa Barbara to Oxnard. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to Oxnard usually takes around 3 hours and 37 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 55 minutes.
|Distance||34 mi (54 km)|
|Fastest train||0h 55m|
|Trains per day||7|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak|
What is the price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara to Oxnard?
In the last month, $34.53 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara to Oxnard. 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 4 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $3.40 more than that for a same-day booking.
Average prices by travel date
Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Santa Barbara to Oxnard will vary between C$22 and C$43. Planning a train trip to Oxnard within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Santa Barbara over the next 7 days is C$36. 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
If you are trying to decide when to travel from Santa Barbara to Oxnard by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$23 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Santa Barbara to Oxnard in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$59 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
If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 4 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Oxnard from Santa Barbara will be about C$3.40 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.
Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to Oxnard?
There are 3 train lines with service from Santa Barbara to Oxnard. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 9 trains each day.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Amtrak Coast Starlight||1||1h 1m||$29.50|
|Amtrak Pacific Surfliner||1||1h 4m||$21.91|
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 9 Amtrak trains from Santa Barbara to Oxnard every day, as well as 13 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $22.
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 Oxnard takes 1 hours and 1 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at $23.
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 Oxnard every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $22.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to Oxnard 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 Oxnard?
How long is the train journey from Santa Barbara to Oxnard?
When are trains the most crowded?
Trains from Santa Barbara to Oxnard 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 Oxnard?
There are 11 scheduled trains on most days. 7 of these are direct connections to Oxnard. 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 Oxnard to 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.
Just west of Los Angeles, Oxnard is a coastal city popular for its art, beaches, and nature. Oxnard's location makes it a great base for exploring the warm waters of the Pacific and the beautiful nearby Channel Islands. You'll also find a wealth of interesting museums and historical attractions, such as the Carnegie Art Museum and Heritage Square. The Collection at Riverpark is the city's most popular shopping and dining outlet, and don't miss the many vineyards in the area to taste some classic Californian wine.
The Channel Islands are a destination for wildlife encounters, thanks to boat tours to see whales, dolphins, and seals. Or, spend the day hiking around one of the islands — they do comprise one of the most instagrammable National Parks, after all! Visitors also enjoy relaxing on both Mandalay and Oxnard State beaches which are good for surfing and sunbathing on the mainland.
The city of Oxnard is a major transportation hub, and bus companies like Greyhound or FlixBus traverse the Ventura Freeway 101 or Pacific Coast Highway to destinations along the West Coast. Metrolink provides services into LA, while Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight both stop in Oxnard daily.
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
1011 Railroad Ave
Valley Station - 401 I St
11 Station Pl
245 Second St
Santa Maria Bus Stop
25 South La Patera Ln
1 Grand Avenue, Building 113
5885 Horton St
450 Orange St
1301 W 11th St
King St Station - 303 S Jackson St
Where is the train station in Oxnard?
Main arrival station: Transportation Center
Oxnard has one train station.
Train stations in Oxnard:
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