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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo?

Lowest Price£18.05
Fastest Train2h 42m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Can you take a train all the way from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo?

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

In the last month, £35.07 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to San Luis Obispo, CA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 19 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £7.34 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo?

The distance between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo is approximately 81 miles, or 130 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 50 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 42 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 Wednesday 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 07:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 17:00. 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 San Luis Obispo?

Trains leave the station in Santa Barbara twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to San Luis Obispo faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo for £19.62.

Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo?

There are 3 train lines with service from Santa Barbara, California to San Luis Obispo, California. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak18h 18m£45.98
Amtrak Coast Starlight12h 43m£18.42
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner12h 52m£26.81

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

There are two stations in Santa Barbara where you can board the train to San Luis Obispo:

  • 209 State St
  • University Plaza

Where is the train station in San Luis Obispo?

San Luis Obispo receives travelers from Santa Barbara at its two active train stations:

  • 1011 Railroad Ave
  • 1 Grand Avenue, Building 113

Price trends for trains from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo

Average prices by travel date

£47£31£16JanFeb

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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