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Cheap train tickets from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, CA

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How much are train tickets from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, CA?

Lowest Price$20.00
Fastest Train1h 41m
Trains Per Day24
Train Lines3
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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Los Angeles to Santa Barbara
4.5
Based on 10 reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)

Based on 3 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Coast Starlight report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.0
Value
4.3
Condition
4.3
Nancy
4.0
August 10, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
I loved it e crept on the way back an unruly bunch of drunk people got on the train, were loud, one guy vomited all over his seat and floor and we were afraid doe our safety.
Cons
Monitor the people who get on

Based on 6 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.5
Value
3.8
Condition
4.3
Clifford
4.0
August 11, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Not having to fight the traffic was a Godsend. Will be taking the train again.
Tips
Make sure if traveling to UCSB you don't get off the train in Santa Barbara - the stop is actually Goleta.
Adrian
3.0
June 15, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Cheap tickets
Cons
WiFi would not connect at all Bathroom was absolutely disgusting

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you find cheap train tickets from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, CA?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara was $27.33. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 15 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $0.48 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, CA?

The distance between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara is approximately 86.95 miles, or 139.89 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 2 hours and 56 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour and 41 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.

What is the busiest day for trains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

On Thursday trains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Saturday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

Typically there are 24 schedules to compare for your trip to Santa Barbara. On the route to Santa Barbara 3 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, usually offering 12.383 trips per day. 17 train trips per day are direct connections to Santa Barbara, if you're looking to get there faster, direct schedules will typically be more time efficient.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, CA, which start at $9.00.

Here are the 3 train companies that operate from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara start from $23.50, and on average cost $27.96. Daily there are 12.383333 Amtrak schedules to Santa Barbara. Amtrak in Los Angeles leaves from 592 Gayley Ave and 6 other stations. And in Santa Barbara trains arrive at 209 State St,

From Los Angeles to Santa Barbara train travel on Amtrak takes 3 hours and 45 minutes. If you are looking to get to Santa Barbara faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 41 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 12.4375 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $28.01 for a one-way train ticket to Santa Barbara.

Avg. Time
3h 45m
Avg. Price
$27.96

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Amtrak Coast Starlight train tickets from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara start from $20.00, and on average cost $23.94. Daily there are 2 Amtrak Coast Starlight schedules to Santa Barbara. Amtrak Coast Starlight in Los Angeles leaves from Union Station and one other station. And in Santa Barbara trains arrive at 209 State St,

From Los Angeles to Santa Barbara train travel on Amtrak Coast Starlight takes 2 hours and 11 minutes. If you are looking to get to Santa Barbara faster, Amtrak Coast Starlight offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 41 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Coast Starlight offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $24.33 for a one-way train ticket to Santa Barbara.

Avg. Time
2h 11m
Avg. Price
$23.94

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train tickets from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara start from $25.20, and on average cost $28.45. Daily there are 9.672414 Amtrak Pacific Surfliner schedules to Santa Barbara. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Los Angeles leaves from 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd and 2 other stations. And in Santa Barbara trains arrive at 209 State St,

From Los Angeles to Santa Barbara train travel on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner takes 2 hours and 11 minutes. If you are looking to get to Santa Barbara faster, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 41 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers 12 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $28.94 for a one-way train ticket to Santa Barbara.

Avg. Time
2h 11m
Avg. Price
$28.45

Plan your next adventure

There are 7 train stations in Los Angeles with trains to Santa Barbara. For this route, the busiest departing train stations are:
  • Union Station
  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd
  • 592 Gayley Ave
  • Catalina Express Terminal
  • 931 S Gaffey St
  • 6860 Park Terrace Dr
There is one train station where trains from Los Angeles arrive in Santa Barbara:
  • 209 State St

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