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Oceanside-Santa Barbara Train Timetable
There are 5 daily trains from Oceanside to Santa Barbara. Traveling by train from Oceanside to Santa Barbara usually takes around 5 hours and 21 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train can make the trip in 4 hours and 41 minutes.
|Distance||158 mi (254 km)|
|Fastest train||4h 41m|
|Trains per day||3|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak|
What is the price of a train ticket from Oceanside to Santa Barbara?
In the last month, €36.28 was the average price of a train ticket from Oceanside, CA to Santa Barbara, 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 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €1.90 more than that for a same-day booking.
Average prices by travel date
Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Oceanside to Santa Barbara will vary between €35 and €43. Planning a train trip to Santa Barbara within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Oceanside over the next 7 days is €36. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.
Monthly average prices
Prices as travel date approaches
Since the average price of train trips from Oceanside to Santa Barbara remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.
Which train should you take from Oceanside to Santa Barbara?
2 train services operate from Oceanside, California to Santa Barbara, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:
Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 2 Amtrak trains from Oceanside to Santa Barbara every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €35.
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
The Pacific Surfliner is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs along the Pacific coast of Southern California, connecting San Luis Obispo to the north with San Diego to the south. The line is among the most famous Amtrak routes due to the unique scenic views it presents, as the train parallels the coastline for large portions of the 268-mile railroad stretch. The Pacific Surfliner offers first-class amenities like onboard restrooms, free WiFi, seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as storage racks for surfboards. On average, the service offers 3 train trips from Oceanside to Santa Barbara every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from €35.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Oceanside to Santa Barbara 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 Oceanside to Santa Barbara?
How long is the train journey from Oceanside to Santa Barbara?
The distance between Oceanside and Santa Barbara is approximately 158 miles, or 254 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 21 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 41 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 Oceanside to Santa Barbara are the most crowded on Sunday. 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 Thursday 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 Oceanside 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 Oceanside to Santa Barbara?
There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Santa Barbara. 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.
Where is the train station in Oceanside?
There is one train station in Oceanside.
Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?
Santa Barbara receives travelers from Oceanside at its two active train stations.
Train stations in Santa Barbara:
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