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Santa Barbara-Salinas Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Santa Barbara to Salinas. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to Salinas usually takes around 5 hours and 34 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 4 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance191 mi (307 km)
Fastest train4h 55m
Lowest price$34.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Coast Starlight
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Santa Barbara, CA to Salinas, CA

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

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Al

January 12, 2020 - Visiting family

Amtrak Coast Starlight

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

In the last month, $37.38 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to Salinas, 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 25 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $8.22 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Santa Barbara to Salinas by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $36 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Santa Barbara to Salinas in February, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $49 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 25 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Salinas from Santa Barbara will be about $8.22 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to Salinas?

2 train services operate from Santa Barbara, California to Salinas, California. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak15h 10m$42.96
Amtrak Coast Starlight15h 48m$38.73
  • 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 Salinas every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $40.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes, there are some trains that travel the entire distance from Santa Barbara to Salinas. 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 Salinas?

The distance between Santa Barbara and Salinas is approximately 191 miles, or 307 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 34 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 55 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 Salinas are the most crowded on Sunday. 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?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Santa Barbara at 8:00am and arrives in Salinas around 4 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Santa Barbara to Salinas?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Salinas with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Salinas to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to Salinas for $11.99.

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 Salinas.

Train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • University Plaza

Where is the train station in Salinas?

Arrival stations

Salinas has one train station.

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