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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz?

Lowest Price£37.26
Fastest Train10h 1m
Trains Per Day3
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

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

While the train is the main method of transportation from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

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

In the last month, £37.26 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to Santa Cruz, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 16 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £16.00 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz is approximately 220 miles, or 353 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 14 hours and 46 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 10 hours and 1 minute.

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 Santa Cruz 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 Sunday 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 08:00. 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 Santa Cruz?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz for £25.79.

Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Santa Barbara, California to Santa Cruz, California. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak314h 46m£38.87

Amtrak train tickets from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz start from £37, and on average cost £39. Daily there are 3 Amtrak schedules to Santa Cruz. Amtrak in Santa Barbara leaves from 209 State St and one other station. And in Santa Cruz trains arrive at Metro Center - 920 Pacific Ave, From Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz train travel on Amtrak takes 14 hours and 46 minutes. If you are looking to get to Santa Cruz faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 10 hours and 1 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £39 for a one-way train ticket to Santa Cruz.

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

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

  • 209 State St
  • University Plaza

Where is the train station in Santa Cruz?

Santa Cruz has one train station:

  • Metro Center - 920 Pacific Ave

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