There are 5 ways to get from Riverside 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.

Recommended option

Bus  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from San Bernardino, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9607 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca 6742 / ...

$32 - $73

4 alternative options

Train  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station Riverside Line / ...
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Pacific Surfliner / ...

$40 - $79

Bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Galleria @ Tyler to Harbor Blvd Opp Disneyland 200
  2. Take the bus from Disneyland to 6th / Broadway 460
  3. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Los Angeles, CA to Santa Barbara, CA

Drive  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Riverside to Santa Barbara 149.1 miles

$14 - $22

Train, fly  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Santa Barbara (SBA) LAX - SBA

$99 - $237

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

You can take a bus from Riverside to Santa Barbara via San Bernardino Transit Center, Sbx- E St @ Rialto Nb Ns, Sbx- E St @ Court Nb Ns, San Bernardino, Ca, and Los Angeles, Ca in around 5 h 4 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Riverside to Santa Barbara via L. A. Union Station station and Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak in around 5 h 4 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
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Bernardino, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $28
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
Riverside Transit Agency
Website
riversidetransit.com
Bus from Galleria @ Tyler to Harbor Blvd Opp Disneyland
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Disneyland to 6th / Broadway
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Riverside and Santa Barbara is 218 km. The road distance is 239 km.

The cheapest way to get from Riverside to Santa Barbara is to drive which costs $14 - $22 and takes 2 h 35 min.

The quickest way to get from Riverside to Santa Barbara is to drive which takes 2 h 35 min and costs $14 - $22.

No, there is no direct train from Riverside to Santa Barbara. However, there are services departing from Riverside-Downtown station and arriving at Santa Barbara Amtrak via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 4 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Riverside to Santa Barbara. However, there are services departing from Riverside Metro Link Sb Lat and arriving at Santa Barbara, Ca via Sbx- E St @ Rialto Nb Ns, San Bernardino, Ca and Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 4 min.

It takes approximately 5 h 4 min to get from Riverside to Santa Barbara, including transfers.