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Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo usually takes around 2 hours and 41 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance81 mi (130 km)
Fastest train2h 15m
Lowest price$28.68
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

What is the price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo?

In the last month, C$33.17 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to San Luis Obispo, 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 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$1.00 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$56$37$19JunJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo will vary between C$29 and C$40. Planning a train trip to San Luis Obispo within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Santa Barbara over the next 7 days is C$32. 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

$62$50$37$25$12JASONDJFMAMJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for November. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$42 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo in October, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$54 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

$62$50$37$25$123020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to San Luis Obispo from Santa Barbara will be about C$1.00 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo?

There are 3 train lines with service from Santa Barbara, California to San Luis Obispo, California. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak12h 29m$31.17
Amtrak Coast Starlight12h 43m$31.66
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner12h 52m$40.50
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo every day, as well as 4 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 1 train trips from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $29.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo?

Yes, there are some trains that travel the entire distance from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo. However, in some cases you will have to take a bus for part of your journey in addition to taking the train.

How long is the train journey from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo?

The distance between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo is approximately 81 miles, or 130 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 41 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo are the most crowded on Monday. 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 Friday 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 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. 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 San Luis Obispo?

Trains leave the station in Santa Barbara twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to San Luis Obispo with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo for $9.96.

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 San Luis Obispo.

Train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • University Plaza

Where is the train station in San Luis Obispo?

Arrival stations

San Luis Obispo receives travelers from Santa Barbara at its two active train stations.

Train stations in San Luis Obispo:

  • 1 Grand Avenue, Building 113

Need a return trip from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara?

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