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Santa Barbara-San Francisco Train Schedule

Trip Summary

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

Lowest Price$46.00
Fastest Train9h 55m
Trains Per Day4
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to San Francisco 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 Francisco?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

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

In the last month, $52.74 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA. 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 $12.37 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between Santa Barbara and San Francisco is approximately 277 miles, or 446 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 56 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 9 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 San Francisco are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Friday 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 12:00pm. 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 Francisco?

There are 4 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 San Francisco to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to San Francisco for $34.00.

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

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Santa Barbara, California to San Francisco, California. However, there are 4 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak410h 56m$54.41

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

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

  • 209 State St
  • University Plaza

Where is the train station in San Francisco?

San Francisco has one train station:

  • 425 Mission St

Price trends for trains from Santa Barbara to San Francisco

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20OctOct

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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