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Sacramento-Santa Barbara Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Sacramento to Santa Barbara?

Lowest Price$54.00
Fastest Train9h 25m
Trains Per Day7
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Sacramento to Santa Barbara right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Can you take a train all the way from Sacramento to Santa Barbara?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Sacramento 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.

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

In the last month, $55.22 was the average price of a train ticket from Sacramento, CA to Santa Barbara, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $9.72 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between Sacramento and Santa Barbara is approximately 304 miles, or 490 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 32 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 9 hours and 25 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 Sacramento to Santa Barbara are the most crowded on Monday. 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 Saturday 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 Sacramento at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. 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 Sacramento to Santa Barbara?

There are 7 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Sacramento 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 Sacramento. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Sacramento to Santa Barbara for $37.00.

Which train should you take from Sacramento to Santa Barbara?

2 train services operate from Sacramento, California to Santa Barbara, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 7 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak710h 31m$56.72
Amtrak Coast Starlight111h 20m$55.59

Where is the train station in Sacramento?

There is one train station in Sacramento:

  • Valley Station - 401 I St

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Santa Barbara receives travelers from Sacramento at its two active train stations:

  • 209 State St
  • University Plaza

Price trends for trains from Sacramento to Santa Barbara

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20JanFeb

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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