There are 5 ways to get from Los Angeles to Isla Vista by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 48 min

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

$53 - $94

Cheapest option

Train, line 11 bus  •  4 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Carpinteria Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the line 11 bus from Transit Center to El Colegio & Los Carneros 11 / ...

$30 - $64

3 alternative options

Bus  •  3 h 5 min

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

Drive  •  1 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to Isla Vista 107.5 miles

$10 - $16

Fly  •  2 h 55 min

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

$87 - $220

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak station and arriving at Santa Barbara Amtrak. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 5 min.

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The distance between Los Angeles and Isla Vista is 96 miles. The road distance is 107.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Isla Vista without a car is to train which takes 2 h 48 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 48 min to get from Los Angeles to Isla Vista, including transfers.

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Los Angeles to Isla Vista bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Isla Vista is to train which takes 2 h 48 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 3 h 5 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 2 h 55 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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Los Angeles to Isla Vista bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Santa Barbara Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles to Isla Vista is 108 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 53 min to drive from Los Angeles to Isla Vista.

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

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  • Distance: 96.3 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 48 min

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 43 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a bus from Los Angeles to Isla Vista once daily, and the journey takes 3 h 5 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 Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Goleta Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 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 9 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
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
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
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

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

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Los Angeles Airport is to train which takes 30 min and costs .

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