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San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara Train Schedule

Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara?

Lowest Price$23.00
Fastest Train2h 29m
Trains Per Day4
Train Lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara?

In the last month, $43.72 was the average price of a train ticket from San Luis Obispo, CA to Santa Barbara, CA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 4 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $2.63 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara is approximately 81 miles, or 130 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 22 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 29 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from San Luis Obispo 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 Thursday 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 San Luis Obispo at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 3:00pm. 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 Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. 2 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 Luis Obispo.

Which train should you take from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara?

There are 3 train lines with service from San Luis Obispo, California to Santa Barbara, California. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 3 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak39h 32m$59.74
Amtrak Coast Starlight12h 35m$23.93
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner12h 29m$34.00

Where is the train station in San Luis Obispo?

There are two stations in San Luis Obispo where you can board the train to Santa Barbara:

  • 1011 Railroad Ave
  • 1 Grand Avenue, Building 113

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Santa Barbara has one train station:

  • 209 State St

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from San Luis Obispo, CA to Santa Barbara, CA
Based on 2 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
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)
July 8, 2020Visiting family
Both the counter personal- (Jon) & conductor (Miike) went out of theIr way to make this a pleasant trip
On time arrival
Enjoy the scenery

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
January 19, 2020Vacation
First off, let me begin my saying this trip was delightful. Not only were the sights outstanding, the company was also great. I had the pleasure of enjoying an adult bevvy in the food carriage and I even made a “mom” friend who I then drank “mommy drinks” with.
Truthfully the breakfast burritos could use work.
BYOS. Bring your own salsa!!

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