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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria usually takes around 15 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 13 minutes.

Distance10 mi (17 km)
Fastest train0h 13m
Lowest price$7.75
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Pacific Surfliner
Train lines2

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

In the last month, $7.75 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to Carpinteria, CA. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 16 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $0.28 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$15$10$5SepOct

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Carpinteria from Santa Barbara is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about $8 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around $8 whenever you decide to board the train to Carpinteria.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria?

2 train services operate from Santa Barbara, California to Carpinteria, California. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner 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
Amtrak10h 18m$7.89
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner30h 14m$7.84
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $8.

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  • 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 3 train trips from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $8.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria 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 Carpinteria?

Yes, there are some trains that travel the entire distance from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria. However, in some cases you will have to take a bus for part of your journey in addition to taking the train.

How long is the train journey from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria?

The distance between Santa Barbara and Carpinteria is approximately 10 miles, or 17 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 15 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 13 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Carpinteria.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria 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 Saturday 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 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 Carpinteria?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Carpinteria. 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 Carpinteria to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria for $7.75.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Santa Barbara where you can board the train to Carpinteria.

Train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • University Plaza

Where is the train station in Carpinteria?

Arrival stations

Carpinteria has one train station.

Need a return trip from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara?

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