There are 6 ways to get from Los Angeles to Isla Vista by train, bus, car or plane

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

Recommended option

Train  •  2 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Goleta Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$53 - $94

Cheapest option

Amtrak Thruway, line 11 bus  •  4 h 44 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Los Angeles, CA to Carpinteria, CA 4591
  2. Take the line 11 bus from Transit Center to El Colegio & Los Carneros 11 / ...

$0 - $3

4 alternative options

Train via Carpinteria & Elm  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Carpinteria Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$30 - $64

Bus  •  5 h 5 min

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

$50 - $67

Drive  •  1 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to Isla Vista 107.5 miles

$10 - $16

Fly  •  2 h 54 min

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

$87 - $220

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to Isla Vista is to Amtrak Thruway and line 11 bus which costs $1 - $3 and takes 4 h 44 min.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to Isla Vista is to drive which takes 1 h 53 min and costs $10 - $16.

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The distance between Los Angeles and Isla Vista is 154 km. The road distance is 172 km.

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It takes approximately 2 h 53 min to get from Los Angeles to Isla Vista, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Los Angeles to Isla Vista. However, there are services departing from Los Angeles, CA and arriving at El Colegio & Los Carneros via Carpinteria & Elm and Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 44 min.

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What companies run services between Los Angeles, CA, USA and Isla Vista, CA, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Los Angeles to Isla Vista 4 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $70 and the journey takes 2 h 48 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Los Angeles to Isla Vista via Carpinteria, CA, Carpinteria & Elm, and Transit Center in around 4 h 44 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Goleta Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Room
$160 - $230
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Carpinteria Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Bus operators
Santa Barbara MTD
Phone
+1 805-963-3366
Website
sbmtd.gov
Bus from Transit Center to El Colegio & Los Carneros
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
sbmtd.gov
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

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