Cheap train tickets from Santa Barbara, CA to San Diego

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

Lowest Price£33.88
Fastest5h 33m
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train companies2
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How do you find cheap train tickets from Santa Barbara, CA to San Diego?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Santa Barbara to San Diego 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 Santa Barbara to San Diego was £33.94. 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 Santa Barbara, CA to San Diego?

The distance between Santa Barbara and San Diego is approximately 187.75 miles, or 302.07 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 6 hours and 33 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 33 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 Santa Barbara to San Diego?

On Sunday trains from Santa Barbara to San Diego 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 Friday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from Santa Barbara to San Diego?

Typically there are 17 schedules to compare for your trip to San Diego. On the route to San Diego 2 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers the most scheduled departures between Santa Barbara to San Diego, usually offering 11 trips per day. 9 train trips per day are direct connections to San Diego, if you're looking to get there faster, direct schedules will typically be more time efficient.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Coach tickets from Santa Barbara, CA to San Diego, which start at £12.26.

Here are the 2 train companies that operate from Santa Barbara to San Diego

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Santa Barbara to San Diego start from £33.88, and on average cost £36.42. Daily there are 7 Amtrak schedules to San Diego. Amtrak in Santa Barbara leaves from 209 State St and one other station. And in San Diego trains arrive at 1050 Kettner Blvd and one other train station.

From Santa Barbara to San Diego train travel on Amtrak takes 7 hours and 2 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Diego faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 33 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 10 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £35.46 for a one-way train ticket to San Diego.

Toilet
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power point
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
7h 2m
Avg. Price
£36.42

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train tickets from Santa Barbara to San Diego start from £33.88, and on average cost £33.94. Daily there are 11 Amtrak Pacific Surfliner schedules to San Diego. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Santa Barbara leaves from 209 State St, And in San Diego trains arrive at 4005 Taylor St and one other train station.

From Santa Barbara to San Diego train travel on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner takes 6 hours and 13 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Diego faster, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 33 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers 10 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £33.94 for a one-way train ticket to San Diego.

Toilet
WiFi
Snacks
Loyalty rewards
Extra legroom
Power point
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
6h 13m
Avg. Price
£33.94

Plan your next adventure

There are 2 train stations in Santa Barbara with trains to San Diego. For this route, the busiest departing train stations are:
  • 209 State St
  • University Plaza
There are 2 different stations where trains from Santa Barbara arrive in San Diego. 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 San Diego:
  • 1050 Kettner Blvd
  • 4005 Taylor St