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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles?

Lowest Price$20.00
Fastest Train1h 46m
Trains Per Day10
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles 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.

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

In the last month, $26.83 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles, 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 7 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $1.11 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles?

The distance between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles is approximately 87 miles, or 140 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 17 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 46 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Sunday 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 Los Angeles?

There are 10 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles for $8.00.

Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles?

2 train services operate from Santa Barbara, California to Los Angeles, California. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner usually has more trains scheduled, with 9 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Coast Starlight22h 41m$20.93
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner92h 14m$27.92

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

There is one train station in Santa Barbara:

  • 209 State St

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

There are more train stations and stops in Los Angeles than most cities. Most trains from Santa Barbara will stop at one (or more) of the 3 following stations in Los Angeles:

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
  • Union Station
  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Based on 5 ratings and reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 60 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
September 9, 2019Solo travel
It arrived ahead of schedule, to my surprise!
August 14, 2019Business
Staff was great and wanders did a really good job for us.
Toilet 🚽 was filthy
Book with wanderu !!
August 12, 2019Visiting friends
It started out great! But then we were delayed, and delayed, and delayed with no real updates so friends were waiting to pick us up and had to wait a LONG time
better feedback about ACTUAL delays and timing? we sat on the track for over 30 minutes MULTIPLE times. This train had NO WI FI
It was my first I was disappointed. I was told there would be WiFi and there was not. I was also told that the trains are usually on time. NEVER over 2 hours late.....?
June 21, 2019Vacation
Train dropped off right at hotel in Santa Barbara
It would be nice to have ticket purchase at Chatsworth station. No bathroom at Chatsworth station.

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