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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

Lowest Price£15.69
Fastest Train1h 46m
Trains Per Day10
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

What is the price of a train ticket from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

In the last month, £21.14 was the average price of a train ticket from Los Angeles, CA to Santa Barbara, 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 9 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £0.64 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

The distance between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara is approximately 87 miles, or 140 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 10 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 46 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 Los Angeles to Santa Barbara are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Monday 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 Los Angeles at 09:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 20:00. 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 Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

There are 10 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara for £7.06.

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

2 train services operate from Los Angeles, California to Santa Barbara, California. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner usually has more trains scheduled, with 9 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Coast Starlight22h 10m£16.31
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner92h 10m£22.00

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles has 3 stations where passengers can board the train to Santa Barbara:

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
  • Union Station
  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Santa Barbara has one train station:

  • 209 State St

Price trends for trains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

Average prices by travel date

£24£16£8OctNov

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

£39£31£24£16£83020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Los Angeles, CA to Santa Barbara, CA
4.5
Based on 10 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)

Based on 3 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Coast Starlight report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.0
Value
4.3
Condition
4.3
Nancy
4.0
10 August 2019Visiting friends
Pros
I loved it e crept on the way back an unruly bunch of drunk people got on the train, were loud, one guy vomited all over his seat and floor and we were afraid doe our safety.
Cons
Monitor the people who get on

Based on 6 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.5
Value
3.8
Condition
4.3
Clifford
4.0
11 August 2019Visiting family
Pros
Not having to fight the traffic was a Godsend. Will be taking the train again.
Tips
Make sure if traveling to UCSB you don't get off the train in Santa Barbara - the stop is actually Goleta.
Adrian
3.0
15 June 2019Visiting family
Pros
Cheap tickets
Cons
WiFi would not connect at all Bathroom was absolutely disgusting

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