There are 5 ways to get from Riverside to Santa Barbara by train, bus, car or plane

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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 - $78

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  5 h 5 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

3 alternative options

Bus Santa Barbara Airbus  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Galleria @ Tyler to Harbor FS Katella 200
  2. Take the bus from Springhill Suites to Los Angeles Airport
  3. Take the bus from Los Angeles Airport, CA to Santa Barbara, CA Lax

$68 - $101

Drive  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Riverside to Santa Barbara 149.1 miles

$14 - $22

Train, fly  •  5 h 37 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

$97 - $233

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

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

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The distance between Riverside and Santa Barbara is 136 miles. The road distance is 149.1 miles.

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

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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 5 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Riverside station 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.

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

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Riverside to Santa Barbara train services, operated by Metrolink Trains, arrive at L. A. Union Station station.

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Map of how to get from Riverside to Santa Barbara.
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  • Distance: 136.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 4 min

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

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. Alternatively, 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 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
Bus operators
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 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 FS Katella
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
Disneyland Resort Express
Phone
(714) 978-8855
Email
anaheim.reservations@coachusa.com
Website
dre.coachusa.com
Bus from Springhill Suites to Los Angeles Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
dre.coachusa.com
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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