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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Santa Barbara to Oakland?

Lowest price£33.27
Fastest train7h 43m
Trains per day5
Train lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

In the last month, £42.32 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to Oakland, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 14 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £4.75 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between Santa Barbara and Oakland is approximately 274 miles, or 442 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 47 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 43 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 Oakland are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Santa Barbara at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00. 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 Oakland?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Santa Barbara to Oakland. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Oakland to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to Oakland for £16.64.

Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to Oakland?

2 train services operate from Santa Barbara, California to Oakland, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 4 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak410h 52m£43.36
Amtrak Coast Starlight18h 44m£33.99

Amtrak train tickets from Santa Barbara to Oakland start from £33, and on average cost £43. Daily there are 4 Amtrak schedules to Oakland. Amtrak in Santa Barbara leaves from University Plaza and one other station. And in Oakland trains arrive at 245 Second St and one other train station. From Santa Barbara to Oakland train travel on Amtrak takes 10 hours and 52 minutes. If you are looking to get to Oakland faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 7 hours and 43 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 4 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £39 for a one-way train ticket to Oakland.

Amtrak Coast Starlight train tickets from Santa Barbara to Oakland start from £33, and on average cost £34. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Coast Starlight schedules to Oakland. Amtrak Coast Starlight in Santa Barbara leaves from 209 State St, And in Oakland trains arrive at 245 Second St, From Santa Barbara to Oakland train travel on Amtrak Coast Starlight takes 8 hours and 44 minutes. If you are looking to get to Oakland faster, Amtrak Coast Starlight offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 7 hours and 43 minutes.

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

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

  • 209 State St
  • University Plaza

Where is the train station in Oakland?

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

  • 245 Second St
  • Across San Leandro Blvd from BART station - 700 73rd Ave

Price trends for trains from Santa Barbara to Oakland

Average prices by travel date

£54£36£18MarMar

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

£54£43£33£22£113020100

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