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Trip Summary

There are 8 daily trains from Santa Barbara to Sacramento. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to Sacramento usually takes around 11 hours and 23 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 9 hours and 47 minutes.

Distance304 mi (490 km)
Fastest train9h 47m
Lowest price$54.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

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

In the last month, $57.80 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to Sacramento, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $16.50 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25OctNov

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Santa Barbara to Sacramento will vary between $57 and $64. Planning a train trip to Sacramento within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Santa Barbara over the next 7 days is $57. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Santa Barbara to Sacramento by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for March. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $58 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Santa Barbara to Sacramento in September, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $62 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$75$60$45$30$153020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 22 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Sacramento from Santa Barbara will be about $16.50 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to Sacramento?

2 train services operate from Santa Barbara, California to Sacramento, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 7 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak711h 23m$61.69
Amtrak Coast Starlight111h 20m$59.95
  • 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 7 Amtrak trains from Santa Barbara to Sacramento every day, as well as 15 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $54.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Santa Barbara and Sacramento is approximately 304 miles, or 490 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 11 hours and 23 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 9 hours and 47 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 Sacramento 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 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. 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 Sacramento?

There are 8 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Santa Barbara to Sacramento. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Sacramento to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to Sacramento for $45.00.

City Information

Sacramento

As the long-held capital city of California, Sacramento has a rich and vibrant history that is reflected in its historic buildings and quarters. The Old Sacramento Waterfront quarter is the best place to explore the city’s rich heritage. Boasting ages-old constructions and a quaint vibe that is reminiscent of the Wild West, the area allows visitors to travel back in time and relive the Gold Rush era. Among the most interesting destinations in the area is the California State Museum, located at the northern edge of the quarter. It offers numerous restored locomotives as well as exhibitions on the United States’ westward expansion. If history is not really your thing, then the Midtown quarter, which boasts a vibrant and expanding art scene, will be a great alternative.

Sacramento is famous for its vast tracts of farmland, so it makes sense that the best dishes are the ones made from locally-grown produce. Among the best places to try out homemade dishes are The Firehouse and The Kitchen. For a bit of an Asian taste, visit Mikuni in Midtown Sacramento.

The busiest bus station in Sacramento is located right in the heart of the city and offers bus service to Portland, Reno, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, among many other places. The main Amtrak train station is the nearby Sacramento Valley Station, which also serves the Gold Line of the local transit light rail. The principal regional airport is the Sacramento International Airport, located 10 miles northwest of Downtown.

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 Sacramento.

Train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • University Plaza

Where is the train station in Sacramento?

Valley Station - 401 I St  - SACAMT-0

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Arrival stations

Sacramento Valley Station is the second busiest transport hub in California and is used by more than one million people every year. Originally constructed in 1926, it now serves as a major center for Amtrak trains traveling within California, northwards along the West Coast, and eastwards into the American Southwest. The station also falls along four Amtrak Thruway bus routes and operates as the western terminus for the Sacramento Light Rail network. Located between Old Sacramento and Downtown, the station is within walking distance of several Gold-Rush era historical monuments as well as an ultra-modern retail district filled with shops and restaurants.

Train stations in Sacramento:

  • 1389 10th Street 10th and N Streets

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