Duration 2 days 5h
Distance 2134.5 miles
Average price $275
Frequency Daily

Trip overview

The average train between Santa Barbara and Chicago takes 2 days 5h and the fastest train takes 2 days 0h. There is at least one train per day from Santa Barbara to Chicago. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use the search form on this page to search for a specific travel date.


  1. Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
  2. Los Angeles Union Station
  3. Chicago
46h 36m
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$229 - $330

Santa Barbara to Chicago train times

Trains run once daily between Santa Barbara and Chicago. The service departs Santa Barbara at 12:49 in the afternoon, which arrives into Chicago at 14:50. All services require a transfer at Los Angeles Union Station and take an average of 2 days 5h. The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Frequently asked questions

Want to know about travelling from Santa Barbara to Chicago? We have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions from our users such as: What is the cheapest mode of transport?, What is the quickest option?, How much do tickets usually cost? and many more.

No, there is no direct train from Santa Barbara station to Chicago station. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station and arriving at Chicago Union Station via Los Angeles Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 46h 36m.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Chicago is 1816 miles. The road distance is 2134.5 miles.

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Santa Barbara to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station.

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Santa Barbara to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Chicago Union Station.

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Chicago is 2h ahead of Santa Barbara. It is currently 10:08 PM in Santa Barbara and 12:08 AM in Chicago.

There are 1020+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $113 USD per night.

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You can take a train from Santa Barbara to Chicago via Los Angeles Union Station in around 46h 36m.
Train operators
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40

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