Trains from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo
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Santa Barbara - San Luis Obispo Train Schedule
There are 4 daily trains from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo usually takes around 4 hours and 4 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 15 minutes.
|Distance||81 mi (130 km)|
|Fastest train||2h 15m|
|Trains per day||5|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak|
What is the price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo?
In the last month, $33.48 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to San Luis Obispo, 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 2 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $1.33 more than that for a same-day booking.
Average prices by travel date
Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo will vary between $30 and $48. Planning a train trip to San Luis Obispo within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Santa Barbara over the next 7 days is $30. 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
If you are trying to decide when to travel from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for May. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $29 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo in January, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $47 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
If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 2 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to San Luis Obispo from Santa Barbara will be about $1.33 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.
Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo?
There are 3 train lines with service from Santa Barbara, California to San Luis Obispo, California. Amtrak is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Amtrak Coast Starlight||1||2h 39m||$25.82|
|Amtrak Pacific Surfliner||2||2h 49m||$34.05|
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 2 Amtrak trains from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo every day, as well as 7 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $23.
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
The Pacific Surfliner is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs along the Pacific coast of Southern California, connecting San Luis Obispo to the north with San Diego to the south. The line is among the most famous Amtrak routes due to the unique scenic views it presents, as the train parallels the coastline for large portions of the 268-mile railroad stretch. The Pacific Surfliner offers first-class amenities like onboard restrooms, free WiFi, seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as storage racks for surfboards. On average, the service offers 2 train trips from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $23.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo?
How long is the train journey from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo?
When are trains the most crowded?
Trains from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo 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 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 5:00pm. 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 Luis Obispo?
There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to San Luis Obispo. 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 Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo for $7.99.
Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?
There are two stations in Santa Barbara where you can board the train to San Luis Obispo.
Train stations in Santa Barbara:
UCSB Bus Loop on Ocean Road
Where is the train station in San Luis Obispo?
San Luis Obispo receives travelers from Santa Barbara at its two active train stations.
Train stations in San Luis Obispo:
1 Grand Avenue, Building 113
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