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Monterey - Santa Barbara Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Monterey to Santa Barbara. Traveling by train from Monterey to Santa Barbara usually takes around 7 hours and 42 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 7 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance195 mi (313 km)
Fastest train7h 20m
Lowest price$45.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Monterey, CA to Santa Barbara, CA

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Vivien

February 24, 2020- Visiting friends

Amtrak

Pros: Lovely relaxed way to travel Great lounge coach for scenery viewing. Perfect way to get from A to B. Cons: More information in advance about the trip. I did not know that there was a dining car on the train or that I could have booked a meal. Tips: Do it.

Pros: Lovely relaxed way to travel Great lounge coach for scenery viewing. Perfect way to get from A to B. Cons: More information in advance about the trip. I did not know that there was a dining car on the train or that I could have booked a meal. Tips: Do it.

Which train should you take from Monterey to Santa Barbara?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Monterey, California to Santa Barbara, California. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak17h 43m$52.01
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Monterey to Santa Barbara every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $45.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

While the train is the main method of transportation from Monterey 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 Monterey to Santa Barbara?

The distance between Monterey and Santa Barbara is approximately 195 miles, or 313 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 42 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 20 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 Monterey to Santa Barbara are the most crowded on Friday. 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?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Monterey at 9:00am and arrives in Santa Barbara around 7 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Monterey to Santa Barbara?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. However, it is not a direct train. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you transfer trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, 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 Monterey.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Monterey?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 5 stops and stations in Monterey where you can board the train.

Train stations in Monterey:

  • 500 Tyler St

  • 1 Old Golf Course Rd

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • 351 Fremont St

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Arrival stations

Santa Barbara has one train station.

Need a return trip from Santa Barbara to Monterey?

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