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Trains from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana

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Santa Barbara - Santa Ana Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana usually takes around 10 hours and 20 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 4 hours and 7 minutes.

Distance115 mi (185 km)
Fastest train4h 7m
Lowest price$37.45
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Price trends for trains from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana

Average prices by travel date

$75$50$25JunJul

Monthly average prices

$50$40$30$20$10JASONDJFMAMJ

Prices as travel date approaches

$75$60$45$30$153020100

Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana?

2 train services operate from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak510h 39m$58.27
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner14h 11m$37.97
  • 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 5 Amtrak trains from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana every day, as well as 27 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $37.

  • Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    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 1 train trips from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana every day, and prices for a one-way train ticket start from $37.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Santa Ana?

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

The distance between Santa Barbara and Santa Ana is approximately 115 miles, or 185 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 20 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 7 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?

Wednesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Wednesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Sunday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Santa Barbara at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Santa Ana?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Santa Ana. 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 Santa Ana to Santa Barbara.

City Information

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a major travel destination along the southern coast of California. Dramatically situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara offers incomparable scenery with a comfortably warm climate year-round. White stucco buildings with Mediterranean-style architecture, gorgeous beaches, and upscale local cuisine give Santa Barbara the nickname "The American Riviera."

There are many kinds of vacations to enjoy in Santa Barbara. You can spend days on the soft sand of Leadbetter Beach, surfing in the swells at Rincon Point, or shopping for trinkets along Stearns Wharf. Or embrace the area's history by visiting the Mission Santa Barbara, a Spanish mission founded in 1786. Highlights from the mission include Spanish architecture, a rose garden, a museum, and even crypts.

Santa Barbara Airport, only a few miles from downtown, serves passengers to the region. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner stops in Santa Barbara on its way from San Diego to San Luis Obispo, with plenty of connections to other SoCal hotspots. Intercity buses, including FlixBus, offer routes from Santa Barbara to destinations like L.A., San Diego, and Las Vegas.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Santa Barbara?

Main departure station: 209 State Street

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Santa Barbara where you can board the train.

All train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • 209 State Street

  • 1011 Railroad Ave

  • 11 Station Pl

  • 245 Second St

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

  • Salesforce Plaza

  • Intermodal Station - 800 Pine St

  • 1 Grand Avenue, Building 113

  • 180 W Grand Ave

  • 601 Marina Vista Ave

  • 5885 Horton St

  • BART Station - 1700 Nevin Ave

  • Valley Station - 401 I St

  • Amtrak Station - 840 Second St

  • 237 East Hwy 246

Where is the train station in Santa Ana?

Main arrival station: Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

Santa Ana has one train station.

All train stations in Santa Ana:

  • Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

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