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Cheap train tickets from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, CA

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Schedule & Pricing Info

How much are train tickets from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, CA?

Lowest Price£31.91
Fastest Train8h 20m
Trains Per Day7
Train Lines1
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you find cheap train tickets from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, CA?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from San Francisco to Santa Barbara is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from San Francisco to Santa Barbara was £45.51. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 17 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of £6.34 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, CA?

The distance between San Francisco and Santa Barbara is approximately 277.23 miles, or 446.04 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 10 hours and 12 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 20 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.

What is the busiest day for trains from San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

On Wednesday trains from San Francisco to Santa Barbara are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Sunday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

Typically there are 7 schedules to compare for your trip to Santa Barbara. One train carrier operates regular service on the San Francisco to Santa Barbara route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between San Francisco to Santa Barbara, usually offering 7.133 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, you will need to disembark from the first train and board a connecting train. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may be responsible for transferring your own checked luggage, but you will definitely need to bring your hand luggage.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Coach tickets from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, CA, which start at £25.05.

One train company connects San Francisco to Santa Barbara

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from San Francisco to Santa Barbara start from £31.91, and on average cost £47.41. Daily there are 7.133333 Amtrak schedules to Santa Barbara. Amtrak in San Francisco leaves from 425 Mission St and 2 other stations. And in Santa Barbara trains arrive at 209 State St and one other train station.

From San Francisco to Santa Barbara train travel on Amtrak takes 10 hours and 13 minutes. If you are looking to get to Santa Barbara faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 8 hours and 20 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 6.5625 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £47.47 for a one-way train ticket to Santa Barbara.

Avg. Time
10h 13m
Avg. Price
£47.41

Plan your next adventure

There are 3 train stations in San Francisco with trains to Santa Barbara. For this route, the busiest departing train stations are:
  • 425 Mission St
  • Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf
  • 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St
There are 2 different stations where trains from San Francisco arrive in Santa Barbara. You can review and use the directions feature on Wanderu to see which station is closest to your final destination. These are the busiest arriving train stations in Santa Barbara:
  • 209 State St
  • University Plaza

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