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Trains from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas

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Santa Barbara - Las Vegas Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas. Traveling by train from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas usually takes around 9 hours and 54 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 9 hours and 33 minutes.

Distance284 mi (457 km)
Fastest train9h 33m
Lowest price$73.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

What is the price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas?

In the last month, $73.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Santa Barbara, CA to Las Vegas, NV. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 11 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $2.83 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around $73 whenever you decide to board the train to Las Vegas.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Santa Barbara, California to Las Vegas, Nevada. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak19h 55m$75.36
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $73.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas 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 Las Vegas?

Currently there is not a train that travels the entire distance without requiring you to switch onto a connecting vehicle. However, there are direct buses from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas.

How long is the train journey from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas?

The distance between Santa Barbara and Las Vegas is approximately 284 miles, or 457 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 54 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 9 hours and 33 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 departing from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas tend to have the most passangers on Monday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Monday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Friday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Santa Barbara at 10:00am and arrives in Las Vegas around 9 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Las Vegas with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas for $27.98.

City Information

Las Vegas

People say that Las Vegas is a Disneyland for adults and they have a point – with more than 50 casinos and dozens of nightclubs in the Strip area alone, Vegas is the place where you can let loose and have some good old fun.

Why travel the globe when you can see some of the most iconic landmarks in the world right there next to each other on the Las Vegas Strip? Just by walking down the street, you can visit the Eiffel Tower (at the Paris Hotel), check out the Statue of Liberty (at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino), or go for a gondola ride down the canals of Venice (at the Venetian Resort).

Yes, the many gambling opportunities attract millions of visitors to Sin City every year, but it’s the unique shows and concert residencies that have made Las Vegas one of the key entertainment destinations in the world. While you can certainly relax by the pool during the day, Vegas is definitely not a vacation destination if you’re looking for peace and quiet. When you’re in Las Vegas, you better be ready to hit the town, and if you’re lucky – the jackpot!

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 Las Vegas.

All train stations in Santa Barbara:

  • 209 State Street

  • UCSB Bus Loop

Where is the train station in Las Vegas?

Las Vegas, NV - South Strip Transit Terminal - LASGRY-0

Image credit: RTC of Southern Nevada

Arrival stations

The South Strip Transit Terminal is the main bus station in Las Vegas. It is conveniently located near the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, making it easy to get between the station and all major Vegas resorts. The bus station is also in very close proximity to McCarran International Airport, and there’s a transit bus line that connects the two. The South Strip Transfer Terminal is the main bus station for all major bus companies that conduct trips in and out of Las Vegas, including Greyhound, Jefferson Lines and Tufesa Internacional. The terminal is the main hub for RTC, Southern Nevada’s transit bus authority, ensuring easy connections to all parts of Las Vegas and its surrounding areas.

All train stations in Las Vegas:

  • RTC South Strip Transit Terminal

  • Tour Bus Loading Zone

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