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There is one daily train from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz usually takes around 12 hours and 17 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 7 hours and 31 minutes.
|Distance||220 mi (353 km)|
|Fastest train||7h 31m|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak|
What is the price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz?
In the last month, C$69.08 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to Santa Cruz, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 18 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$7.92 more than that for a same-day booking.
Monthly average prices
If you are trying to decide when to travel from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for July. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$69 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$84 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 18 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Santa Cruz from Santa Barbara will be about C$7.92 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.
Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz?
Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Santa Barbara, California to Santa Cruz, California. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
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 Santa Cruz every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $65.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz?
How long is the train journey from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz?
The distance between Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz is approximately 220 miles, or 353 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 12 hours and 17 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 31 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 Santa Cruz are the most crowded on Sunday. 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 Wednesday 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 8:00am and arrives in Santa Cruz around 7 hours later.
Is there a direct train from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz?
Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. However, it is not a direct train. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you transfer trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.
You can also take a train for your return trip from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz for $74.81.
Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?
There are two stations in Santa Barbara where you can board the train to Santa Cruz.
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Where is the train station in Santa Cruz?
Santa Cruz has one train station.
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