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About Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a major travel destination along the southern coast of California. Dramatically situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara offers incomparable scenery with a comfortably warm climate year-round. White stucco buildings with Mediterranean-style architecture, gorgeous beaches, and upscale local cuisine give Santa Barbara the nickname "The American Riviera."

There are many kinds of vacations to enjoy in Santa Barbara. You can spend days on the soft sand of Leadbetter Beach, surfing in the swells at Rincon Point, or shopping for trinkets along Stearns Wharf. Or embrace the area's history by visiting the Mission Santa Barbara, a Spanish mission founded in 1786. Highlights from the mission include Spanish architecture, a rose garden, a museum, and even crypts.

Santa Barbara Airport, only a few miles from downtown, serves passengers to the region. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner stops in Santa Barbara on its way from San Diego to San Luis Obispo, with plenty of connections to other SoCal hotspots. Intercity buses, including FlixBus, offer routes from Santa Barbara to destinations like L.A., San Diego, and Las Vegas.

What train companies travel to Santa Barbara, California?

Located in California, Santa Barbara is accessible by train from 164 other cities. You can choose from 419 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Santa Barbara on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Santa Barbara are also available.

Train companies serving Santa Barbara

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak1659h 37m$60.23
Amtrak Coast Starlight266h 16m$41.33
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner232h 34m$26.71
  • Amtrak


    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.

  • Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight

    The Amtrak Coast Starlight is a service provided by Amtrak that connects Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on the US Pacific coast. The full journey winds through the Cascade Mountains, perfectly clipped vineyards, and dense coastal forest, allowing passengers to get a glimpse of the US west coast while enjoying air-conditioned cars, power outlets, complimentary onboard WiFi, and snacks.

  • Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    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.

Which train carrier has the best service to Santa Barbara?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Santa Barbara by train with Amtrak Coast Starlight giving them a 4.7 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Coast Starlight had the most comfortable train service to Santa Barbara taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Coast Starlight offers. They rate Amtrak Coast Starlight a 4.5 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Santa Barbara punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Pacific Surfliner has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Santa Barbara, rating them a 4.6 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Santa Barbara?

$5.00 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Santa Barbara, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Santa Barbara. In the last month, trains from Isla Vista to Santa Barbara had the lowest average price at $5.00.

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara, CA?

The main train station in Santa Barbara is 209 State Street. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Santa Barbara.

What is the closest airport to Santa Barbara, CA?

The closest airport to Santa Barbara is Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), it is located 8.1 miles from the city center of Santa Barbara.

Is Santa Barbara a popular train travel destination?

Santa Barbara ranks number 14 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 161 in United States. Santa Barbara ranks number 28 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Santa Barbara via train service. On average 130 direct daily train trips serve Santa Barbara.

What is the population of Santa Barbara?

The population of Santa Barbara is 91842. Santa Barbara ranks number 50 in terms of population in California and number 260 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to Santa Barbara cost?

Train tickets to Santa Barbara range from $5 for a short trip to Santa Barbara, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Santa Barbara starts at , and a longer trip by train to Santa Barbara can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $59 .

What type of traveler does Santa Barbara attract?

People who take the train to Santa Barbara are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Santa Barbara easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What train station is located closest to the city center of Santa Barbara?

The closest train station to the city center of Santa Barbara is 209 State Street, located just 0.6 miles away. Select 209 State Street as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Santa Barbara. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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