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There are 7 ways to get from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara by bus, train, car or plane

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Amtrak Thruway, train  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Palm Springs, CA to Fullerton, CA 4985 / ...
  2. Take the train from Fullerton Transportation Center to Santa Barbara Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$30 - $75

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Bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Riverside Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Riverside, CA to Los Angeles, CA
  3. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Los Angeles, CA to Santa Barbara, CA

Bus, train  •  7 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Riverside Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station
  3. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak

$40 - $78

Bus  •  8 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from N Palm Cyn at Chino to Hwy 111 at Las Palmas 111
  2. Take the bus from Indio to Los Angeles
  3. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca

$46 - $86

Drive  •  3 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara 202 miles

$19 - $29

Fly to Santa Barbara  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) to Santa Barbara (SBA) PSP - SBA

$124 - $655

Fly to Los Angeles, bus  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) to Los Angeles (LAX) PSP - LAX
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles Airport, CA to Santa Barbara, CA

$193 - $468

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The cheapest way to get from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara is to drive which costs $19 - $29 and takes 3 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara is to drive which costs $19 - $29 and takes 3 h 28 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara. However, there are services departing from Palm Springs Amtrak and arriving at Santa Barbara, CA via Riverside, CA and Los Angeles, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 1 min.

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The distance between Palm Springs and Santa Barbara is 186 miles. The road distance is 202 miles.

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The best way to get from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara without a car is to Amtrak Thruway and train which takes 6 h 40 min and costs $30 - $75.

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It takes approximately 6 h 40 min to get from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara, including transfers.

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Palm Springs to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Palm Springs Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara is to bus and Amtrak Thruway which takes 7 h 1 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $120 - $700 and takes 6 h 1 min.

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There is no direct flight from Indio/Palm Springs Airport to Santa Barbara Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 45 min and has one stopover.

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Palm Springs to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Santa Barbara, CA station.

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Map of how to get from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara.
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  • Distance: 186 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 40 min

What companies run services between Palm Springs, CA, USA and Santa Barbara, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara via Riverside Amtrak, Riverside, CA, and Los Angeles, CA in around 7 h 1 min. Alternatively, United Airlines, American Airlines and three other airlines fly from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara hourly.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Barbara via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Barbara via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Barbara via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Barbara via San Francisco, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Barbara via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Barbara via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
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 Fullerton Transportation Center to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $230
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Palm Springs, CA to Fullerton, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Riverside Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles, CA to Santa Barbara, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Sunline Transit
Phone
+1 760-343-3451
Website
sunline.org
Bus from N Palm Cyn at Chino to Hwy 111 at Las Palmas
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sunline.org
EPLA Limo Express
Website
eplalimo.com
Bus from Indio to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
eplalimo.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
Santa Barbara Airbus
Website
sbairbus.com
Bus from Los Angeles Airport, CA to Santa Barbara, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
sbairbus.com

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Palm Springs to Santa Barbara is 202 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 28 min to drive from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Indio/Palm Springs Airport to Santa Barbara Airport.

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There are 147+ hotels available in Santa Barbara. Prices start at $129 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Palm Springs to Indio/Palm Springs Airport is to line 14 bus which takes 8 min and costs $3.

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