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Chico-Santa Barbara Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Chico to Santa Barbara. Traveling by train from Chico to Santa Barbara usually takes around 14 hours and 42 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 11 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance385 mi (620 km)
Fastest train11h 45m
Lowest price$59.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

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

In the last month, $59.75 was the average price of a train ticket from Chico, CA to Santa Barbara, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 14 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $14.19 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25JulAug

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chico to Santa Barbara will vary between $59 and $73. Planning a train trip to Santa Barbara within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chico over the next 7 days is $59. 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 Chico to Santa Barbara by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for March. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $61 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chico to Santa Barbara in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $73 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

$100$80$60$40$203020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 14 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Santa Barbara from Chico will be about $14.19 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chico to Santa Barbara?

2 train services operate from Chico, 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:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak214h 43m$62.69
Amtrak Coast Starlight114h 5m$64.00
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Chico to Santa Barbara every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $59.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Chico to Santa Barbara. 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.

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

The distance between Chico and Santa Barbara is approximately 385 miles, or 620 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 14 hours and 42 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 11 hours and 45 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 Chico to Santa Barbara 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 Chico at 2:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00am. 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 Chico to Santa Barbara?

Trains leave the station in Chico 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 Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara to Chico. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chico to Santa Barbara for $56.00.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chico?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Chico.

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Arrival stations

Santa Barbara receives travelers from Chico at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • University Plaza

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