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Santa Barbara - San Jose Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Santa Barbara to San Jose. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to San Jose usually takes around 8 hours and 23 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 6 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance236 mi (380 km)
Fastest train6h 10m
Lowest price$45.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Santa Barbara, CA to San Jose, CA

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Carolyn A.

September 23, 2019- Business

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: not driving for 5 + hours. not putting wear and tear on my car. not eating junk food along the highway. Cons: two options daily for travel...leave at 4pm and arrive at 11pm so as not to lose a work day. Tips: the dining car is a must.

Pros: not driving for 5 + hours. not putting wear and tear on my car. not eating junk food along the highway. Cons: two options daily for travel...leave at 4pm and arrive at 11pm so as not to lose a work day. Tips: the dining car is a must.

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

In the last month, $47.72 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to San Jose, CA. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $21.66 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20OctOct

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Santa Barbara to San Jose will vary between $46 and $60. Planning a train trip to San Jose within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Santa Barbara over the next 7 days is $46. 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 San Jose by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $50 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Santa Barbara to San Jose in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $61 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 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to San Jose from Santa Barbara will be about $21.66 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

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

2 train services operate from Santa Barbara, California to San Jose, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak39h 14m$51.45
Amtrak Coast Starlight17h 31m$50.51
  • 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 San Jose every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $45.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Santa Barbara and San Jose is approximately 236 miles, or 380 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 23 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours and 10 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 Jose 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 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 Jose?

Trains leave the station in Santa Barbara twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to San Jose with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Jose to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to San Jose for $17.99.

City Information

San Jose

San Jose is located in the heart of the world-famous Silicon Valley in California’s Bay Area. It is the largest city in Northern California and, as such, it is the area’s cultural, political and financial center.

While you’re in San Jose, make sure to check out the city’s various museums. Since you’re in the world’s foremost technology hub, the Tech Museum of Innovation is a must-visit. And since you’re on the West Coast, you should stop by the San Jose Museum of Art that features the largest permanent collection of works from West Coast artists.

Thanks to its mild California climate, San Jose is one of the best cities in the U.S. for outdoor activities, and due to its largely younger-leaning population, it offers quite the vibrant nightlife. In fact, San Jose is among the biggest party hubs in America.

San Jose is served by various bus carriers and has several Amtrak stops within its vicinity. In addition, the city’s airport is located right near the downtown area, which makes travel to and from San Jose a breeze.

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 San Jose.

Train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • University Plaza

Where is the train station in San Jose?

Arrival stations

Diridon Station opened in 1935 with architecture inspired by the Italian Renaissance, and today is a vital part of Silicon Valley’s transportation system. Diridon Station connects [Amtrak train service] to local commuter service like the Caltrain and VTA Light Rail. The station is also a major hub for bus transit on Amtrak Thruway and Greyhound buses. With paid parking onsite, bicycle racks, and accessible entrances, travelers can easily reach the station from nearby downtown San Jose. As a bonus, food trucks frequently set up outside the station to provide delicious cheap eats for passengers.

Need a return trip from San Jose to Santa Barbara?

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