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Santa Barbara - Burbank Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 8 daily trains from Santa Barbara to Burbank. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to Burbank usually takes around 7 hours and 56 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 22 minutes.

Distance81 mi (130 km)
Fastest train2h 22m
Lowest price$20.00
Trains per day7
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Santa Barbara to Burbank

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Ed

April 10, 2022- Couples trip

Amtrak

Cons: Windows must be cleaned from both in and out. Tips: Unfortunately expect up to 30 minute delay.

Cons: Windows must be cleaned from both in and out. Tips: Unfortunately expect up to 30 minute delay.

5.0

Jayne

July 17, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: Pleasant and convenient. Cons: There was no toilet paper in the restroom of my business class car.

Pros: Pleasant and convenient. Cons: There was no toilet paper in the restroom of my business class car.

5.0

Judith

October 9, 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Pros: simple and direct - really quite uncomplicated. Used to drive - driving always represented the easiest, most convenient way to go. I'm now taking the train once a month back and forth from Santa Barbara to Burbank Airport station. I drive my car from my home in ...

Pros: simple and direct - really quite uncomplicated. Used to drive - driving always represented the easiest, most convenient way to go. I'm now taking the train once a month back and forth from Santa Barbara to Burbank Airport station. I drive my car from my home in Lompoc, park at the station at SB, train to Burbank, uber to a residence in Hollywood Hills - altogether an hour less time than driving. And so much more comfortable now that traffic is so bad. Cons: nothing.

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Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to Burbank?

There are 3 train lines with service from Santa Barbara to Burbank. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 6 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak68h 19m$53.40
Amtrak Coast Starlight12h 26m$25.38
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner12h 26m$29.34
  • 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 6 Amtrak trains from Santa Barbara to Burbank every day, as well as 51 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $29.

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  • Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight

    The Coast Starlight is an Amtrak train that travels the entire length of the West Coast, connecting Los Angeles to Seattle. The route starts hugging the California coastline, treating passengers to swoon-worthy views of the Pacific, before continuing into the verdant forests of the Cascade Mountains. The Coast Starlight indisputably earns its spot among the most scenic Amtrak train routes. Seating options include Coach or Business Class and roomettes or bedrooms for extra space. A trip from Santa Barbara to Burbank takes 2 hours and 26 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at $20.

  • Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    The Pacific Surfliner is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs along the Pacific coast of Southern California, connecting San Luis Obispo to the north with San Diego to the south. The line is among the most famous Amtrak routes due to the unique scenic views it presents, as the train parallels the coastline for large portions of the 268-mile railroad stretch. The Pacific Surfliner offers first-class amenities like onboard restrooms, free WiFi, seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as storage racks for surfboards. On average, the service offers 1 train trips from Santa Barbara to Burbank every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $29.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to Burbank 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Burbank?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Santa Barbara to Burbank. 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 Santa Barbara to Burbank?

The distance between Santa Barbara and Burbank is approximately 81 miles, or 130 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 56 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 22 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 Santa Barbara to Burbank 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 Santa Barbara at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Burbank?

There are 8 scheduled trains on most days. 7 of these are direct connections to Burbank. 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 Burbank to Santa Barbara.

City Information

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a major travel destination along the southern coast of California. Dramatically situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara offers incomparable scenery with a comfortably warm climate year-round. White stucco buildings with Mediterranean-style architecture, gorgeous beaches, and upscale local cuisine give Santa Barbara the nickname "The American Riviera."

There are many kinds of vacations to enjoy in Santa Barbara. You can spend days on the soft sand of Leadbetter Beach, surfing in the swells at Rincon Point, or shopping for trinkets along Stearns Wharf. Or embrace the area's history by visiting the Mission Santa Barbara, a Spanish mission founded in 1786. Highlights from the mission include Spanish architecture, a rose garden, a museum, and even crypts.

Santa Barbara Airport, only a few miles from downtown, serves passengers to the region. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner stops in Santa Barbara on its way from San Diego to San Luis Obispo, with plenty of connections to other SoCal hotspots. Intercity buses, including FlixBus, offer routes from Santa Barbara to destinations like L.A., San Diego, and Las Vegas.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Main departure station: 209 State Street

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Santa Barbara where you can board the train.

All train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • 209 State Street

  • Salesforce Plaza

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

  • 1011 Railroad Ave

  • 245 Second St

  • 11 Station Pl

  • Intermodal Station - 800 Pine St

  • 1 Grand Avenue, Building 113

  • 180 W Grand Ave

  • Santa Maria Bus Stop

  • 5885 Horton St

  • Valley Station - 401 I St

  • 700 University Ave under University Ave overpass W of 4th St

  • Amtrak Station - 840 Second St

  • 1630 Mission Dr

Where is the train station in Burbank?

Main arrival station: 3750 Empire Ave

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

All train stations in Burbank:

  • 3750 Empire Ave

  • Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station - 201 N Front St

Need a return trip from Burbank to Santa Barbara?

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