Cheap San Francisco to Santa Barbara  train tickets

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How much are San Francisco to Santa Barbara train tickets?

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How to find cheap train tickets from San Francisco to Santa Barbara ?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from San Francisco 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 San Francisco to Santa Barbara was $56.83. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 13 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $11.00 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 journey from San Francisco to Santa Barbara ? How far is San Francisco to Santa Barbara ?

The distance between San Francisco to Santa Barbara is 277.23 miles or 446.04 km. A train trip from San Francisco to Santa Barbara typically takes 9 hours and 47 minutes. If you are looking to get to Santa Barbara faster, the fastest advertised duration is offered by Amtrak. The fastest train trip covers the distance in 8 hours and 20 minutes to get from San Francisco to Santa Barbara.

Going from San Francisco to Santa Barbara by train takes over 9 hours to reach your destination. For a lengthy train journey we recommend you pack a great book, or download a few movies to have them available offline just in case you are outside of a service coverage area. Don't forget to bring some water and a battery pack to keep all of your electronics charged.

On Sunday trains from San Francisco 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 Wednesday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

Amtrak has the most connections between San Francisco to Santa Barbara

Typically there are 6 schedules to compare for your trip to Santa Barbara. One train carrier operates regular service on the San Francisco to Santa Barbara route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between San Francisco to Santa Barbara, usually offering 6 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, you will need to disembark from the first train and board a connecting train. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may be responsible for transferring your own checked luggage, but you will definitely need to bring your hand luggage.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, which start at $43.00.

One train carrier connects San Francisco to Santa Barbara

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from San Francisco to Santa Barbara start from $45.00, and on average cost $58.53. Daily there are 6 Amtrak schedules to Santa Barbara. Amtrak in San Francisco leaves from Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St and 2 other stations. And in Santa Barbara trains arrive at 209 State St and one other train station.

From San Francisco to Santa Barbara train travel on Amtrak takes 9 hours and 48 minutes. If you are looking to get to Santa Barbara faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 8 hours and 20 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 5 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $58.16 for a one-way train ticket to Santa Barbara.

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Avg. Time
9h 48m
Avg. Price
$58.53

Plan your next adventure:

There are 3 different stations that serve train trips to Santa Barbara that you can compare to see what best fits your travel plans.. The busiest departure station in San Francisco serving this route is Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St, 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St, Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Bus Terminal - 200 Folsom St
  • 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St
  • Beach St and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf
There are 2 different stations where trains arrive to in Santa Barbara. You can review and use the directions feature on Wanderu to see which station is closest to your final destination., The busiest departure station in San Francisco serving this route is 209 State St, University Plaza.
  • 209 State St
  • University Plaza