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There is one daily train from Santa Barbara to San Clemente. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to San Clemente usually takes around 4 hours and 32 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.
|Distance||138 mi (222 km)|
|Fastest train||4h 32m|
|Trains per day||1|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak Pacific Surfliner|
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Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to San Clemente?
2 train services operate from Santa Barbara, California to San Clemente, California. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.
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 1 Amtrak trains from Santa Barbara to San Clemente every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $51.
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 San Clemente every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $51.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to San Clemente 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 San Clemente?
How long is the train journey from Santa Barbara to San Clemente?
The distance between Santa Barbara and San Clemente is approximately 138 miles, or 222 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 32 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 Santa Barbara to San Clemente 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?
Most days, there is only one train which leaves Santa Barbara at 6:00am and arrives in San Clemente around 4 hours later.
Is there a direct train from Santa Barbara to San Clemente?
Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to San Clemente with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.
You can also take a train for your return trip from San Clemente to Santa Barbara.
Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?
There is one train station in Santa Barbara.
Where is the train station in San Clemente?
San Clemente has one train station.
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