There are 4 ways to get from Hearst Castle to Santa Barbara by car, train, bus or night bus

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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Drive, train  •  7 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Hearst Castle to Paso Robles Intermodal Station
  2. Take the train from Paso Robles Intermodal Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Coast Starlight

$40 - $93

3 alternative options

Bus  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Hearst Drive at San Simeon to Harbor St at Piney Way entering Morro Bay Park 15
  2. Take the bus from Harbor St at Piney Way entering Morro Bay Park to Government Center Osos & Palm 12 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Government Center Osos & Palm to Santa Maria Transit Center 10 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Santa Maria, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca

$115 - $156

Bus, night bus  •  10 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Hearst Drive at San Simeon to Harbor St at Piney Way entering Morro Bay Park 15
  2. Take the bus from Government Center Osos & Palm to North County Transportation Center 9
  3. Take the night bus from Paso Robles Intermodal Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak

Drive  •  4 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Hearst Castle to Santa Barbara 166.6 miles

$16 - $24

Questions & Answers

The distance between Hearst Castle and Santa Barbara is 121 miles. The road distance is 166.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Hearst Castle to Santa Barbara without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 12 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 5 min to get from Hearst Castle to Santa Barbara, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Hearst Castle to Santa Barbara is 167 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 36 min to drive from Hearst Castle to Santa Barbara.

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There are 146+ hotels available in Santa Barbara. Prices start at $136 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Hearst Castle to Santa Barbara.
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  • Distance: 121.3 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 5 min

What companies run services between Hearst Castle, CA, USA and Santa Barbara, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Hearst Castle to Santa Barbara via Hearst Drive at San Simeon, Harbor St at Piney Way entering Morro Bay Park, Government Center Osos & Palm, Santa Maria Transit Center, and Santa Maria, Ca in around 8 h 12 min.

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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Paso Robles Intermodal Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $95
Business Coach Seat
$60 - $85
Room
$180 - $250
Bus operators
San Luis Obispo RTA
Website
slorta.org
Bus from Hearst Drive at San Simeon to Harbor St at Piney Way entering Morro Bay Park
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
slorta.org
Bus from Harbor St at Piney Way entering Morro Bay Park to Government Center Osos & Palm
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
slorta.org
Bus from Government Center Osos & Palm to Santa Maria Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
slorta.org
Bus from Government Center Osos & Palm to North County Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
slorta.org
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 Santa Maria, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $35
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from Paso Robles Intermodal Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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