Grover Beach to Santa Barbara train

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Grover Beach - Santa Barbara Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

3 trains operate daily from Grover Beach to Santa Barbara. The train trip from Grover Beach to Santa Barbara is usually about 2 hours and 7 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak train can get you there in as little as one hour and 50 minutes.

Distance71 mi (115 km)
Fastest train1h 50m
Lowest price$32.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Grover Beach to Santa Barbara

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)




July 28, 2023- Visiting friends


Pros: On time and comfortable. Cons: Help for older passengers with luggage,as stepping aboard and stepping off were quite high!

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Which train should you take from Grover Beach to Santa Barbara?

2 train services operate from Grover Beach to Santa Barbara. 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
Amtrak22h 3m$32.50
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner12h 15m$32.00
  • 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 Grover Beach to Santa Barbara every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $32.

  • 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 1 train trips from Grover Beach to Santa Barbara every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $32.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are some trains that travel the entire distance from Grover Beach to Santa Barbara. However, in some cases you will have to take a bus for part of your journey in addition to taking the train.
The distance between Grover Beach and Santa Barbara is approximately 71 miles, or 115 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 7 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 50 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

Trains departing from Grover Beach to Santa Barbara tend to have the most passengers on Saturday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Saturday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Friday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Grover Beach at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Grover Beach to Santa Barbara.

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

City Information

Grover Beach

Grover Beach, CA, US - GVB-0

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Grover Beach is a small beach town in San Luis Obispo, between Oceano and Pismo Beach. It's popularly known as the location of the Pacific Crossing cable Landing station. The main highlight is Grover beach, ideal for nature lovers and fun in the sun. The Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area offers fun outdoor activities, including horse riding and driving motor ATVs, plus biplane rides, skydiving, and golfing.

Grover Beach features a laidback downtown area where you can check out restaurants, theatrical performances, and shopping centers. The small city organizes annual festivals and celebrations like the South County Holiday Parade, the Stone Soup Music Festival, and Street Faire.

You can easily access Grover Beach from tens of other cities through trains provided by Amtrak and buses by Amtrak Thruway. The town also offers bus lines within the city and the Multimodal Transportation Facility, bike racks, electric vehicle charging stations, and long-term parking.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Grover Beach?

Main departure station: 180 W Grand Ave

There is one train station in Grover Beach.

All train stations in Grover Beach:

  • 180 W Grand Ave

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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