Cheap train tickets from Santa Barbara, CA to Santa Maria, CA

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How much are train tickets from Santa Barbara, CA to Santa Maria, CA?

Lowest Price$48.50
Fastest9h 55m
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How do you find cheap train tickets from Santa Barbara, CA to Santa Maria, CA?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria was $49.00. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 14 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $12.25 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from Santa Barbara, CA to Santa Maria, CA?

The distance between Santa Barbara and Santa Maria is approximately 55.78 miles, or 89.75 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 10 hours and 10 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.

What is the busiest day for trains from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria?

On Sunday trains from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Wednesday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria?

Typically there are 2 schedules to compare for your trip to Santa Maria. One train carrier operates regular service on the Santa Barbara to Santa Maria route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between Santa Barbara to Santa Maria, usually offering 2 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria, you will need to disembark from the first train and board a connecting train. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may be responsible for transferring your own checked luggage, but you will definitely need to bring your hand luggage.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from Santa Barbara, CA to Santa Maria, CA, which start at $16.00.

One train company connects Santa Barbara to Santa Maria

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria start from $48.50, and on average cost $53.05. Daily there are 2 Amtrak schedules to Santa Maria. Amtrak in Santa Barbara leaves from 209 State St and one other station. And in Santa Maria trains arrive at IHOP - 205 S Nicholson Ave,

From Santa Barbara to Santa Maria train travel on Amtrak takes 10 hours and 11 minutes. If you are looking to get to Santa Maria faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 9 hours and 55 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $50.97 for a one-way train ticket to Santa Maria.

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Avg. Time
10h 11m
Avg. Price
$53.05

Plan your next adventure

There are 2 train stations in Santa Barbara with trains to Santa Maria. For this route, the busiest departing train stations are:
  • University Plaza
  • 209 State St
There is one train station where trains from Santa Barbara arrive in Santa Maria:
  • IHOP - 205 S Nicholson Ave