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There are 9 ways to get from Foster City to Santa Barbara by bus, subway, plane, train or car

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

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Bus, BART to Oakland, fly to Santa Barbara  •  4 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from E Hillsdale Blvd:Shell Blvd to Hayward BART Station
  2. Take the BART from Hayward BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  3. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Santa Barbara (SBA) OAK - SBA

$57 - $385

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Bus  •  9 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from Hayward, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca 6725 / ...

$37 - $92

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Bus, Caltrain to San Francisco, fly to Santa Barbara  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Foster City Blvd:Metro Center Blvd to El Camino Real:W Hillsdale Blvd
  2. Take the Caltrain from Hillsdale Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
  3. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Santa Barbara (SBA) SFO - SBA

$181 - $396

Fly Oakland to Burbank, train  •  6 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR
  2. Take the train from Burbank Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station

$134 - $498

Fly San Jose to Burbank, train  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Burbank (BUR) SJC - BUR
  2. Take the train from Burbank Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station

$93 - $380

Fly San Francisco to Burbank, train  •  6 h 59 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Burbank (BUR) SFO - BUR
  2. Take the train from Burbank Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station

$103 - $529

Caltrain, bus  •  9 h 38 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Hillsdale Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Jose Diridon Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Bus Stop Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Caltrain, train  •  10 h 19 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Hillsdale Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station Coast Starlight

$63 - $161

Drive  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Foster City to Santa Barbara 320.3 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Foster City to Santa Barbara is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Foster City to Santa Barbara is to bus and BART and fly which costs $55 - $390 and takes 4 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Foster City to Santa Barbara. However, there are services departing from E Hillsdale Blvd:Shell Blvd and arriving at Santa Barbara, Ca via Hayward, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 44 min.

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The distance between Foster City and Santa Barbara is 262 miles. The road distance is 320.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Foster City to Santa Barbara without a car is to Caltrain and bus which takes 9 h 38 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 45 min to get from Foster City to Santa Barbara, including transfers.

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Foster City to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Hayward, Ca station.

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The best way to get from Foster City to Santa Barbara is to bus which takes 9 h 44 min and costs $35 - $95. Alternatively, you can Caltrain and train, which costs $60 - $170 and takes 10 h 19 min.

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The quickest flight from Oakland Airport to Santa Barbara Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Foster City to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Santa Barbara, Ca station.

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  • Distance: 261.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 45 min

What companies run services between Foster City, CA, USA and Santa Barbara, CA, USA?

Greyhound USA operates a bus from Foster City to Santa Barbara twice daily. Tickets cost $35 - $90 and the journey takes 8 h 15 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Foster City to Santa Barbara via El Camino Real:W Hillsdale Blvd, Hillsdale Caltrain, San Jose Diridon Caltrain, and San Jose Diridon Station in around 10 h 19 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
Corporate Flight Management
Website
contouraviation.com
Flights from Oakland to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $370
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Hayward BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
bart.gov
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Hillsdale Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from Hillsdale Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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 Burbank Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from San Jose Diridon Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
7 h 48 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Room
$250 - $350
Bus operators
AC Transit
Website
actransit.org
Bus from E Hillsdale Blvd:Shell Blvd to Hayward BART Station
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
actransit.org
Book at
actransit.org
Bus from Foster City Blvd:Metro Center Blvd to El Camino Real:W Hillsdale Blvd
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
actransit.org
Book at
actransit.org
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 San Jose Diridon Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Hayward, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$65 - $90

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Yes, the driving distance between Foster City to Santa Barbara is 320 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 25 min to drive from Foster City to Santa Barbara.

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Corporate Flight Management offers flights from Oakland Airport to Santa Barbara Airport.

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