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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Santa Barbara to Encinitas. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to Encinitas usually takes around 5 hours and 32 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 5 hours and 8 minutes.

Distance168 mi (271 km)
Fastest train5h 8m
Lowest price$39.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to Encinitas?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Santa Barbara, California to Encinitas, California. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak35h 33m$41.55
  • 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 Santa Barbara to Encinitas every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $39.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Santa Barbara and Encinitas is approximately 168 miles, or 271 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 32 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 8 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 Encinitas are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 Wednesday 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 2:00pm 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 Encinitas?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Encinitas. 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 Encinitas to Santa Barbara.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Santa Barbara.

Where is the train station in Encinitas?

Arrival stations

Encinitas has one train station.

Need a return trip from Encinitas to Santa Barbara?

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