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Emeryville - Santa Barbara Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Emeryville to Santa Barbara. Traveling by train from Emeryville to Santa Barbara usually takes around 10 hours and 17 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 9 hours,

Distance276 mi (445 km)
Fastest train9h 0m
Lowest price$46.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Emeryville to Santa Barbara

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Mariele

February 19, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: Window seat with pleasant views, option to bring own food, tray tables. Cons: The tray tables feel a bit far from the seat, longer ones could be a bit more convenient.

Pros: Window seat with pleasant views, option to bring own food, tray tables. Cons: The tray tables feel a bit far from the seat, longer ones could be a bit more convenient.

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

In the last month, $51.47 was the average price of a train ticket from Emeryville to Santa Barbara. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 9 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $13.26 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Emeryville to Santa Barbara will vary between $51 and $57. Planning a train trip to Santa Barbara within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Emeryville over the next 7 days is $51. 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

$75$60$45$30$15JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Emeryville to Santa Barbara by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for May. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $55 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Emeryville to Santa Barbara in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $63 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

$75$60$45$30$153020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 9 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Santa Barbara from Emeryville will be about $13.26 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Emeryville to Santa Barbara?

2 train services operate from Emeryville to Santa Barbara. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak310h 26m$54.95
Amtrak Coast Starlight19h 33m$49.65
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from Emeryville to Santa Barbara every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $46.

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  • Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight

    The Coast Starlight is an Amtrak train that travels the entire length of the West Coast, connecting Los Angeles to Seattle. The route starts hugging the California coastline, treating passengers to swoon-worthy views of the Pacific, before continuing into the verdant forests of the Cascade Mountains. The Coast Starlight indisputably earns its spot among the most scenic Amtrak train routes. Seating options include Coach or Business Class and roomettes or bedrooms for extra space. A trip from Emeryville to Santa Barbara takes 9 hours and 33 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at $46.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Emeryville and Santa Barbara is approximately 276 miles, or 445 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 17 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 9 hours,

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 Emeryville to Santa Barbara are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Emeryville at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. 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 Emeryville to Santa Barbara?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Emeryville to Santa Barbara. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Santa Barbara to Emeryville.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Emeryville?

Main departure station: Salesforce Plaza

Behind a modern curved façade lies San Francisco’s commuter hub, the Salesforce Transit Center. This gateway to downtown San Francisco and the entire Bay Area welcomes tens of thousands of passengers every day. Finding your way around is easy thanks to more than 270 digital displays with transit information. The Salesforce Transit Center serves as a bus station for Greyhound and Amtrak Thruway buses, as well as several public transit options for convenient connections. A standout feature of the Salesforce Transit Center is a public five-acre rooftop park which gives travelers an open space to relax. Rotating food trucks, cafés, carts, and pop-up retail make this a dynamic and vibrant destination in itself.

All train stations in Emeryville:

  • Salesforce Plaza

  • 5885 Horton St

  • Valley Station - 401 I St

  • Amtrak Station - 840 Second St

  • 601 Marina Vista Ave

  • BART Station - 1700 Nevin Ave

  • 700 University Ave under University Ave overpass W of 4th St

  • 177 Main St

  • 4921 Vanden Road

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

Need a return trip from Santa Barbara to Emeryville?

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