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Trip Summary

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

Lowest Price£14.33
Fastest Train1h 46m
Trains Per Day4
Train Lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes, there are some trains that travel the entire distance from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles. However, in some cases you will have to take a bus for part of your journey in addition to taking the train.

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

In the last month, £19.19 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles, 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 11 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £0.86 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles is approximately 87 miles, or 140 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 16 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 Santa Barbara to Los Angeles 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 Saturday 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 Los Angeles?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. 11 of these are direct connections to Los Angeles. 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 Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles for £6.45.

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

There are 3 train lines with service from Santa Barbara, California to Los Angeles, California. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 3 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak12h 21m£17.92
Amtrak Coast Starlight12h 41m£14.65
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner32h 14m£19.98

Amtrak train tickets from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles start from £14, and on average cost £18. Daily there are 1 Amtrak schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak in Santa Barbara leaves from University Plaza and one other station. And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Union Station and one other train station. From Santa Barbara to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak takes 2 hours and 21 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 46 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 4 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £18 for a one-way train ticket to Los Angeles.

Amtrak Coast Starlight train tickets from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles start from £14, and on average cost £15. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Coast Starlight schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak Coast Starlight in Santa Barbara leaves from 209 State St, And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd and one other train station. From Santa Barbara to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak Coast Starlight takes 2 hours and 41 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, Amtrak Coast Starlight offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 46 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Coast Starlight offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £15 for a one-way train ticket to Los Angeles.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train tickets from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles start from £18, and on average cost £20. Daily there are 3 Amtrak Pacific Surfliner schedules to Los Angeles. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Santa Barbara leaves from 209 State St, And in Los Angeles trains arrive at Union Station and 2 other train stations. From Santa Barbara to Los Angeles train travel on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner takes 2 hours and 14 minutes. If you are looking to get to Los Angeles faster, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 46 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers 9 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £20 for a one-way train ticket to Los Angeles.

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

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

  • 209 State St
  • University Plaza

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

There are more train stations and stops in Los Angeles than most cities. Most trains from Santa Barbara will stop at one (or more) of the 4 following stations in Los Angeles:

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

Price trends for trains from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles

Average prices by travel date

£21£14£7FebMar

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles, CA

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.2

5.0

Christopher

9 September 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

It arrived ahead of schedule, to my surprise!It arrived ahead of schedule, to my surprise!

4.0

Arthur

14 August 2019 - Business

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Staff was great and wanders did a really good job for us. Cons: Toilet 🚽 was filthy. Tips: Book with wanderu !! Pros: Staff was great and wanders did a really good job for us. Cons: Toilet 🚽 was filthy. Tips: Book with wanderu !!

3.0

Christine

12 August 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: It started out great! But then we were delayed, and delayed, and delayed with no real updates so friends were waiting to pick us up and had to wait a LONG time. Cons: better feedback about ACTUAL delays and timing? we sat on the track for over 30 minutes MULTIP... Pros: It started out great! But then we were delayed, and delayed, and delayed with no real updates so friends were waiting to pick us up and had to wait a LONG time. Cons: better feedback about ACTUAL delays and timing? we sat on the track for over 30 minutes MULTIPLE times. This train had NO WI FI. Tips: It was my first time.....so I was disappointed. I was told there would be WiFi and there was not. I was also told that the trains are usually on time. NEVER over 2 hours late.....?More

4.0

Katherine

21 June 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Train dropped off right at hotel in Santa Barbara. Cons: It would be nice to have ticket purchase at Chatsworth station. No bathroom at Chatsworth station. Pros: Train dropped off right at hotel in Santa Barbara. Cons: It would be nice to have ticket purchase at Chatsworth station. No bathroom at Chatsworth station.

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