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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Santa Barbara to Irvine?

Lowest Price£27.62
Fastest Train4h 4m
Trains Per Day6
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to Irvine 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 Irvine?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Santa Barbara to Irvine. 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 Santa Barbara to Irvine?

In the last month, £28.20 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to Irvine, CA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

How long is the train journey from Santa Barbara to Irvine?

The distance between Santa Barbara and Irvine is approximately 120 miles, or 194 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 9 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 4 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 Irvine 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 Thursday 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 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 19:00. 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 Santa Barbara to Irvine?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Irvine. 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 Irvine to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to Irvine for £31.20.

Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to Irvine?

2 train services operate from Santa Barbara, California to Irvine, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak35h 56m£28.52
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner34h 9m£27.94

Amtrak train tickets from Santa Barbara to Irvine start from £28, and on average cost £29. Daily there are 3 Amtrak schedules to Irvine. Amtrak in Santa Barbara leaves from 209 State St and one other station. And in Irvine trains arrive at Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy, From Santa Barbara to Irvine train travel on Amtrak takes 5 hours and 56 minutes. If you are looking to get to Irvine faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 4 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 6 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £29 for a one-way train ticket to Irvine.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train tickets from Santa Barbara to Irvine start from £28, and on average cost £28. Daily there are 3 Amtrak Pacific Surfliner schedules to Irvine. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Santa Barbara leaves from 209 State St, And in Irvine trains arrive at Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy, From Santa Barbara to Irvine train travel on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner takes 4 hours and 9 minutes. If you are looking to get to Irvine faster, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 4 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers 3 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £28 for a one-way train ticket to Irvine.

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

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

  • 209 State St
  • University Plaza

Where is the train station in Irvine?

Irvine has one train station:

  • Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy

Price trends for trains from Santa Barbara to Irvine

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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