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

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  4 h 28 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 / ...

$28 - $68

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Train  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Anaheim Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$32 - $87

Bus Santa Barbara Airbus  •  6 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Springhill Suites to Los Angeles Airport Hotels
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles Airport, CA to Santa Barbara, CA Lax

$68 - $102

Drive  •  2 h 19 min

  1. Drive from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara 135 miles

$13 - $20

Line 43 bus, bus, fly  •  6 h 16 min

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

$108 - $254

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

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

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The distance between Costa Mesa and Santa Barbara is 116 miles. The road distance is 135 miles.

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It takes approximately 4 h 28 min to get from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara. However, there are services departing from Oc Fair-Yellow Gate and arriving at Santa Barbara, Ca via Santa Ana, Ca and Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 28 min.

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United Airlines offers flights from Los Angeles Airport to Santa Barbara Airport.

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  • Distance: 115.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 28 min

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

You can take a bus from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara via The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 9, Santa Ana, Ca, and Los Angeles, Ca in around 4 h 28 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara 4 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $80 and the journey takes 3 h 33 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

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Anaheim Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Room
$170 - $240
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
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
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Santa Ana to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Disneyland Resort Express
Phone
(714) 978-8855
Email
anaheim.reservations@coachusa.com
Website
dre.coachusa.com
Bus from Springhill Suites to Los Angeles Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
dre.coachusa.com
Bus from Disney's Disneyland Hotel to Los Angeles Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
dre.coachusa.com
Santa Barbara Airbus
Website
sbairbus.com
Bus from Los Angeles Airport, CA to Santa Barbara, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
sbairbus.com
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Harbor-Bernard to Harbor-East Shuttle Area
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net

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