There are 5 ways to get from Irvine to Goleta by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5 h 1 min

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

$39 - $91

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Bus Santa Barbara Airbus  •  6 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Anaheim, CA to Los Angeles, CA
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles Airport, CA to Goleta, CA Lax

$55 - $87

Bus Amtrak  •  7 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Anaheim, CA to Los Angeles, CA
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  2 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Irvine to Goleta 149.6 miles

$14 - $22

Train, fly  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Santa Barbara (SBA) LAX - SBA

$95 - $231

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Irvine to Goleta. However, there are services departing from Main-Harvard and arriving at Goleta, CA via Anaheim, CA, Patsaouras Transit Plaza and Los Angeles Airport, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 57 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Irvine station to Goleta. However, there are services departing from Tustin station and arriving at Goleta Amtrak via Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 1 min.

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The distance between Irvine and Goleta is 127 miles. The road distance is 149.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Irvine to Goleta without a car is to train which takes 5 h 1 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 1 min to get from Irvine to Goleta, including transfers.

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Irvine to Goleta bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Anaheim, CA station.

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Irvine to Goleta train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Irvine to Goleta is to train which takes 5 h 1 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 6 h 57 min.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to Santa Barbara Airport is the direct flight which takes 51 min.

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Irvine to Goleta bus services, operated by Santa Barbara Airbus, arrive at Goleta, CA station.

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Map of how to get from Irvine to Goleta.
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  • Distance: 127.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 1 min

What companies run services between Irvine, CA, USA and Goleta, CA, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Irvine to Goleta 4 times a day. Tickets cost $35 - $85 and the journey takes 3 h 55 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Irvine to Goleta via Artic - Dock 1, Anaheim, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Patsaouras Transit Plaza, Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal, and Los Angeles Airport, CA in around 6 h 57 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 Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak to Goleta Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Room
$180 - $250
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus operators
Santa Barbara Airbus
Website
sbairbus.com
Bus from Los Angeles Airport, CA to Goleta, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
sbairbus.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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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Irvine to Goleta train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Goleta Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Irvine to Goleta is 150 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 32 min to drive from Irvine to Goleta.

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

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There are 128+ hotels available in Goleta. Prices start at $139 USD per night.

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