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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Santa Barbara to San Diego?

Lowest Price$44.20
Fastest Train5h 28m
Trains Per Day12
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to San Diego 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Santa Barbara to San Diego?

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

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

In the last month, $44.34 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to San Diego, CA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

How long is the train journey from Santa Barbara to San Diego?

The distance between Santa Barbara and San Diego is approximately 188 miles, or 302 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 32 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 28 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 San Diego 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 San Diego?

There are 12 scheduled trains on most days. 6 of these are direct connections to San Diego. 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 San Diego to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to San Diego for $27.00.

Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to San Diego?

2 train services operate from Santa Barbara, California to San Diego, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 6 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak67h 11m$46.70
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner65h 58m$44.32

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

There are two stations in Santa Barbara where you can board the train to San Diego:

  • 209 State St
  • University Plaza

Where is the train station in San Diego?

San Diego receives travelers from Santa Barbara at its two active train stations:

  • 1050 Kettner Blvd
  • 4005 Taylor St

Price trends for trains from Santa Barbara to San Diego

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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