There are 5 ways to get from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara by bus, train, 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.

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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  •  8 h 29 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  •  5 h 48 min

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

$124 - $655

Fly to Los Angeles, bus  •  5 h 42 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

Questions & Answers

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

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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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No, there is no direct bus from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara. However, there are services departing from N Palm Cyn at Chino and arriving at Santa Barbara, Ca via Indio, 6th / Wall and Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 29 min.

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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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  • 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 Hwy 111 at Las Palmas, Indio, Los Angeles, 6th / Wall, 7th / Decatur, and Los Angeles, Ca in around 8 h 29 min. Alternatively, American Airlines, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines, Inc. fly from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara hourly.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Barbara via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Barbara via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Barbara via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Barbara via San Francisco, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Barbara via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 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 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
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
Bus operators
Sunline Transit
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
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
eplalimo.com
Greyhound USA
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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, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
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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