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Bus  •  2h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles Downtown to Santa Barbara Train Station 2013 / ...

$16 - $24

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Train  •  2h 23m

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara Coast Starlight / ...

$28 - $40

Night train  •  2h 38m

  1. Take the night train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara Pacific Surfliner

$28 - $40

Drive  •  1h 41m

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara 95.8 miles

$9 - $14

Fly  •  3h 34m

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

$148 - $385

Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by bus

The bus journey time between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara is around 2h 22m and covers a distance of around 97 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 1h 50m. Operated by FlixBus-us, Amtrak and Greyhound USA, the Los Angeles to Santa Barbara bus service departs from Los Angeles Downtown and arrives in Santa Barbara Train Station. Typically 25 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
2h 22m
Fastest bus time:
1h 50m
Buses per week:
25
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
19 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
05:30
Last bus departs at:
21:50

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Los Angeles to Santa Barbara bus schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1h 41m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Los Angeles Downtown and arriving at Santa Barbara Train Station station. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Los Angeles and arriving at Santa Barbara. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 23m.

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It is 87 miles from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. It is approximately 95.8 miles to drive.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara without a car is to bus which takes 2h 15m and costs $16 - $24.

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The bus from Los Angeles Downtown to Santa Barbara Train Station takes 2h 15m including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Los Angeles to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, depart from Los Angeles Downtown station.

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Los Angeles to Santa Barbara train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Los Angeles station.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is to bus which takes 2h 15m and costs $16 - $24. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $28 - $40 and takes 2h 23m, you could also fly, which costs $140 - $390 and takes 3h 34m.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara.
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  • Distance: 87.4 miles
  • Duration: 2h 15m

What companies run services between Los Angeles, CA, USA and Santa Barbara, CA, USA?

FlixBus-us operates a bus from Los Angeles Downtown to Santa Barbara Train Station twice daily, and the journey takes 2h 15m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara 4 times a day. Tickets cost $28 - $40 and the journey takes 2h 23m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $490
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Premium
$190 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Bus operators
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Los Angeles Downtown to Santa Barbara Train Station
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
flixbus.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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$35 - $50

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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 to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, arrive at Santa Barbara Train Station.

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Los Angeles to Santa Barbara train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Santa Barbara station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is 96 miles. It takes approximately 1h 41m to drive from Los Angeles 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 115+ hotels available in Santa Barbara. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Los Angeles Airport is to bus which takes 39 min and costs $8 - $10.

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