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There are 5 ways to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Santa Barbara by plane, bus, car, towncar or shuttle

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Fly  •  1h 55m

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Santa Barbara (SBA) LAX - SBA

$206 - $838

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Shuttle  •  1h 42m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Los Angeles Airport to Santa Barbara

$20 - $40

3 alternative options

Bus  •  2h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles Airport, CA to Santa Barbara, CA

$68

Drive  •  1h 42m

  1. Drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Santa Barbara 97.3 miles

$9 - $14

Towncar  •  1h 42m

  1. Take a town car from Los Angeles Airport to Santa Barbara 97.3 miles

$220 - $310

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Santa Barbara is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1h 42m.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Santa Barbara is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1h 42m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Los Angeles Airport, CA and arriving at Santa Barbara, CA. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 11m.

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The distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and Santa Barbara is 81 miles. The road distance is 97.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Santa Barbara without a car is to bus which takes 2h 11m and costs $68.

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It takes approximately 1h 55m to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Santa Barbara, including transfers.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Central Coast Shuttle, depart from Los Angeles Airport, CA station.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Santa Barbara is to fly which takes 1h 55m and costs $200 - $850. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $68 and takes 2h 11m.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to Santa Barbara Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Central Coast Shuttle, arrive at Santa Barbara, CA station.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Santa Barbara.
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  • Distance: 81.2 miles
  • Duration: 1h 55m

What companies run services between Los Angeles Airport (LAX), USA and Santa Barbara, CA, USA?

United Airlines flies from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Santa Barbara 3 times a day. Alternatively, Central Coast Shuttle operates a bus from Los Angeles Airport, CA to Santa Barbara, CA every 4 hours. Tickets cost $68 and the journey takes 2h 11m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $350
Bus operators
Central Coast Shuttle
Website
centralcoastshuttle.com
Bus from Los Angeles Airport, CA to Santa Barbara, CA
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$68
Schedules at
centralcoastshuttle.com
Shuttles by Jayride

Jayride is an online booking service for pick up or drop off at airports, using a pre-pay, fixed-price model. You’ll be provided with a choice of transfer companies, from luxury limos to maxi taxis, private cars to shuttle buses, depending on your journey, along with passenger reviews and star ratings. On booking, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the contact details of your transfer company and meeting instructions for your trip.

Contact Details
Shuttle from Los Angeles Airport to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Shuttle
$20 - $40
Other operators
Jayride Private Transfers

Jayride is an online booking service for pick up or drop off at airports, using a pre-pay, fixed-price model. You’ll be provided with a choice of transfer companies, from luxury limos to maxi taxis, private cars to shuttle buses, depending on your journey, along with passenger reviews and star ratings. On booking, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the contact details of your transfer company and meeting instructions for your trip.

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Towncar from Los Angeles Airport to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$220 - $310

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Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Santa Barbara is 97 miles. It takes approximately 1h 42m to drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) 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 177+ hotels available in Santa Barbara. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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