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

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Train  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Anaheim Regional Trans. Intermodal Ctr to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station Pacific Surfliner

$32 - $87

4 alternative options

Bus Santa Barbara Airbus  •  6 h 30 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

$72 - $92

Bus Amtrak  •  7 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Disneyland Employee's Entrance to 6th / Hill 460
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  2 h 19 min

  1. Drive from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara 135 miles

$13 - $20

Line 43 bus, bus, fly  •  7 h 2 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

$113 - $249

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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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No, there is no direct bus from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara. However, there are services departing from Harbor-Bernard and arriving at Santa Barbara, CA via Springhill Suites and Los Angeles Airport, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 30 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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The best way to get from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara without a car is to train which takes 4 h 53 min and costs $30 - $90.

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It takes approximately 4 h 53 min to get from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara, including transfers.

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Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Disneyland Resort Express, depart from Springhill Suites station.

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The best way to get from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara is to train which takes 4 h 53 min and costs $30 - $90. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $70 - $95 and takes 6 h 30 min.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to Santa Barbara Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Santa Barbara Airbus, arrive at Santa Barbara, CA station.

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Map of how to get from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara.
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  • Distance: 115.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 53 min

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 33 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara via Harbor-Katella, Springhill Suites, Los Angeles Airport, and Los Angeles Airport, CA in around 6 h 30 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
55 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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Anaheim Regional Trans. Intermodal Ctr to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
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
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
$30
Schedules at
dre.coachusa.com
Bus from Disney's Disneyland Hotel to Los Angeles Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30
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
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Disneyland Employee's Entrance to 6th / Hill
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Harbor-Bernard to Harbor-East Shuttle Area
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net

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Yes, the driving distance between Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara is 135 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 19 min to drive from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara.

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

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There are 143+ hotels available in Santa Barbara. Prices start at $119 USD per night.

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