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Santa Barbara - Palm Springs Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs usually takes around 7 hours and 41 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 6 hours and 11 minutes.

Distance185 mi (298 km)
Fastest train6h 11m
Lowest price$38.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs?

In the last month, $40.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to Palm Springs, CA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 24 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $1.00 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs 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 $43 whenever you decide to board the train to Palm Springs.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs 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 Palm Springs?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak37h 41m$41.70
  • 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 Palm Springs every day, as well as 7 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $38.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs 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 Palm Springs?

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

The distance between Santa Barbara and Palm Springs is approximately 185 miles, or 298 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 41 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours and 11 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 Palm Springs 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 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 9:00am. 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 Palm Springs?

There are 3 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.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs for $22.98.

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 Palm Springs?

Arrival stations

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

Train stations in Palm Springs:

  • SunLine Transit Stop - 190 N Indian Canyon Dr

  • Palm Springs Station Rd

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