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There are 4 daily trains from Santa Barbara to Tucson. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to Tucson usually takes around 16 hours and 31 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 13 hours and 26 minutes.
|Distance||529 mi (851 km)|
|Fastest train||13h 26m|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak|
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Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to Tucson?
Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Santa Barbara, California to Tucson, Arizona. However, there are 4 trains per day to choose from.
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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 4 Amtrak trains from Santa Barbara to Tucson every day, as well as 0 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $74.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to Tucson 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 Santa Barbara to Tucson?
How long is the train journey from Santa Barbara to Tucson?
The distance between Santa Barbara and Tucson is approximately 529 miles, or 851 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 16 hours and 31 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 13 hours and 26 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 Santa Barbara to Tucson are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Santa Barbara at 1:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. 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 Santa Barbara to Tucson?
There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.
Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?
There are two stations in Santa Barbara where you can board the train to Tucson.
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Where is the train station in Tucson?
Tucson has one train station.
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