There are 5 ways to get from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$67 - $123

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Ana, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9488 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca 6742 / ...

$30 - $75

3 alternative options

Line 43 bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Take the line 43 bus from Harbor-Bernard to Fullerton Trans Ctr Dock 2 43
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Los Angeles, CA to Santa Barbara, CA 4591

Drive  •  2 h 19 min

  1. Drive from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara 135 miles

$13 - $20

Line 43 bus, bus, fly  •  6 h 12 min

  1. Take the line 43 bus from Harbor-Bernard to Harbor-East Shuttle Area
  2. Take the bus from Disneyland Hotel to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  3. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Santa Barbara (SBA) LAX - SBA

$115 - $266

What companies run services between Costa Mesa, CA, USA and Santa Barbara, CA, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara 4 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $80 and the journey takes 3 h 42 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara via Fairview-Westminster, Westminster-Fairview, The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 9, Santa Ana, Ca, and Los Angeles, Ca in around 5 h 23 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Room
$170 - $240
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Santa Ana, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
Orange County Transportation
Website
octa.net
Bus from Harbor-Bernard to Fullerton Trans Ctr Dock 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Bus from Harbor-Bernard to Harbor-East Shuttle Area
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Gray Line AH
Phone
(714) 978-8855
Website
dre.coachusa.com
Bus from Disneyland Hotel to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
dre.coachusa.com
Book at
dre.coachusa.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Costa Mesa and Santa Barbara is 185 km. The road distance is 216 km.

The cheapest way to get from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara is to drive which costs $13 - $20 and takes 2 h 19 min.

The quickest way to get from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara is to drive which takes 2 h 19 min and costs $13 - $20.

No, there is no direct bus from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara. However, there are services departing from Harbor-Victoria and arriving at Santa Barbara, Ca via Westminster-Fairview, Santa Ana, Ca and Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 23 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 53 min to get from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara, including transfers.