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Trains from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara

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Bakersfield - Santa Barbara Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara. Traveling by train from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara usually takes around 14 hours and 32 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 4 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance76 mi (123 km)
Fastest train4h 50m
Lowest price$32.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara?

In the last month, $67.46 was the average price of a train ticket from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $18.41 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$90$60$30MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara will vary between $65 and $78. Planning a train trip to Santa Barbara within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Bakersfield over the next 7 days is $68. 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

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $29 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara in September, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $99 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Santa Barbara from Bakersfield will be about $18.41 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Bakersfield to Santa Barbara. However, there are 6 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak614h 32m$72.17
  • Amtrak

    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. On average, there are 6 Amtrak trains from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara every day, as well as 21 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $32.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Bakersfield 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Bakersfield to Santa Barbara?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara, 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.

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

The distance between Bakersfield and Santa Barbara is approximately 76 miles, or 123 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 14 hours and 32 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 50 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara on Monday. Tickets for Monday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Friday. Friday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Bakersfield at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. 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 Bakersfield to Santa Barbara?

There are 6 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 Barbara to Bakersfield.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Bakersfield?

Valley Station - 401 I St  - SACAMT-0

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Valley Station - 401 I St  - SACAMT-1

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Main departure station: Valley Station - 401 I St

Sacramento Valley Station is the second busiest transport hub in California and is used by more than one million people every year. Originally constructed in 1926, it now serves as a major center for Amtrak trains traveling within California, northwards along the West Coast, and eastwards into the American Southwest. The station also falls along four Amtrak Thruway bus routes and operates as the western terminus for the Sacramento Light Rail network. Located between Old Sacramento and Downtown, the station is within walking distance of several Gold-Rush era historical monuments as well as an ultra-modern retail district filled with shops and restaurants.

All train stations in Bakersfield:

  • Valley Station - 401 I St

  • 450 Orange St

  • Amtrak Station - 840 Second St

  • Santa Fe Station - 2650 Tulare St

  • 324 W 24th St

  • 5885 Horton St

  • 1301 W 11th St

  • BART Station - 1700 Nevin Ave

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • 601 Marina Vista Ave

  • 245 Second St

  • Salesforce Plaza

  • Union Station

  • 433 Willamette St

  • 1700 Held Dr

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Main arrival station: 209 State Street

Santa Barbara has one train station.

All train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • 209 State Street

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