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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from San Diego to Santa Barbara?

Lowest Price£34.68
Fastest Train5h 29m
Trains Per Day10
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Diego 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.

Can you take a train all the way from San Diego to Santa Barbara?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from San Diego to Santa Barbara. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

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

In the last month, £35.49 was the average price of a train ticket from San Diego, CA to Santa Barbara, CA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. 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 £1.27 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between San Diego and Santa Barbara is approximately 188 miles, or 302 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 51 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 29 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 San Diego to Santa Barbara 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 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 San Diego at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 18:00. 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 San Diego to Santa Barbara?

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. 6 of these are direct connections to Santa Barbara. 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 Santa Barbara to San Diego. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Diego to Santa Barbara for £9.42.

Which train should you take from San Diego to Santa Barbara?

2 train services operate from San Diego, California to Santa Barbara, California. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner usually has more trains scheduled, with 6 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak46h 7m£37.77
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner65h 42m£34.74

Where is the train station in San Diego?

There are two stations in San Diego where you can board the train to Santa Barbara:

  • 1050 Kettner Blvd
  • 4005 Taylor St

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Santa Barbara receives travelers from San Diego at its two active train stations:

  • 209 State St
  • University Plaza

Price trends for trains from San Diego to Santa Barbara

Average prices by travel date

£47£31£16OctNov

Monthly average prices

£39£31£24£16£8NDJFMAMJJASO

Prices as travel date approaches

£39£31£24£16£83020100

train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from San Diego, CA to Santa Barbara, CA
4.0
Based on 1 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
3.0
Value
5.0
Condition
4.0
Justin
4.0
4 October 2019Business
Pros
I liked that I did not have to drive and that I could get work done while traveling for work.
Cons
The 4 seater seats should still come with desks.
Tips
Get business-class if it is available for sure!

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