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Trains from San Jose to Santa Barbara

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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from San Jose to Santa Barbara. Traveling by train from San Jose to Santa Barbara usually takes around 7 hours and 34 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 6 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance236 mi (380 km)
Fastest train6h 20m
Lowest price$45.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

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

In the last month, $47.00 was the average price of a train ticket from San Jose, CA to Santa Barbara, CA. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 17 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $13.33 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25NovDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from San Jose to Santa Barbara will vary between $47 and $73. Planning a train trip to Santa Barbara within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from San Jose over the next 7 days is $47. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

$75$60$45$30$15JFMAMJJASOND

If you are trying to decide when to travel from San Jose to Santa Barbara by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $49 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Jose to Santa Barbara in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $56 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$75$60$45$30$153020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 17 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Santa Barbara from San Jose will be about $13.33 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from San Jose to Santa Barbara?

2 train services operate from San Jose, California to Santa Barbara, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak37h 29m$51.88
Amtrak Coast Starlight17h 46m$70.86
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from San Jose to Santa Barbara every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $45.

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  • Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight train tickets from San Jose to Santa Barbara start from $45, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Coast Starlight schedules to Santa Barbara. Amtrak Coast Starlight in San Jose leaves from Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St . And in Santa Barbara trains arrive at 209 State Street .

    From San Jose to Santa Barbara train travel on Amtrak Coast Starlight takes 7 hours and 46 minutes. If you are looking to get to Santa Barbara faster, Amtrak Coast Starlight offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 6 hours and 20 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Santa Barbara on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Coast Starlight scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from San Jose.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Jose 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 San Jose to Santa Barbara?

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

How long is the train journey from San Jose to Santa Barbara?

The distance between San Jose and Santa Barbara is approximately 236 miles, or 380 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 34 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 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 departing from San Jose to Santa Barbara tend to have the most passangers on Wednesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Wednesday. 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 Saturday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs San Jose at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 2:00pm. 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 San Jose to Santa Barbara?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Santa Barbara. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Santa Barbara to San Jose. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Jose to Santa Barbara for $19.99.

City Information

San Jose

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San Jose, CA - SJC-1

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San Jose is located in the heart of the world-famous Silicon Valley in California’s Bay Area. It is the largest city in Northern California and, as such, it is the area’s cultural, political and financial center.

While you’re in San Jose, make sure to check out the city’s various museums. Since you’re in the world’s foremost technology hub, the Tech Museum of Innovation is a must-visit. And since you’re on the West Coast, you should stop by the San Jose Museum of Art that features the largest permanent collection of works from West Coast artists.

Thanks to its mild California climate, San Jose is one of the best cities in the U.S. for outdoor activities, and due to its largely younger-leaning population, it offers quite the vibrant nightlife. In fact, San Jose is among the biggest party hubs in America.

San Jose is served by various bus carriers and has several Amtrak stops within its vicinity. In addition, the city’s airport is located right near the downtown area, which makes travel to and from San Jose a breeze.

Station Information

Where is the train station in San Jose?

Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St - SJCDCS-0

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Departure stations

Diridon Station opened in 1935 with architecture inspired by the Italian Renaissance, and today is a vital part of Silicon Valley’s transportation system. Diridon Station connects Amtrak train service to local commuter service like the Caltrain and VTA Light Rail. The station is also a major hub for bus transit on Amtrak Thruway and Greyhound buses. With paid parking onsite, bicycle racks, and accessible entrances, travelers can easily reach the station from nearby downtown San Jose. As a bonus, food trucks frequently set up outside the station to provide delicious cheap eats for passengers.

All train stations in San Jose:

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Arrival stations

Santa Barbara receives travelers from San Jose at its two active train stations.

All train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • 209 State Street

  • UCSB Bus Loop

Need a return trip from Santa Barbara to San Jose?

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