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There are 4 ways to get from Riverside to Santa Barbara by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  4 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Riverside, CA to Los Angeles, CA
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Los Angeles, CA to Santa Barbara, CA 4591

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Train  •  4 h 59 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

2 alternative options

Drive  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Riverside to Santa Barbara 149.1 miles

$14 - $22

Train, fly  •  6 h 18 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

$91 - $225

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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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No, there is no direct bus from Riverside to Santa Barbara. However, there are services departing from Riverside, CA and arriving at Santa Barbara, CA via Los Angeles, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 51 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 4 h 59 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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The best way to get from Riverside to Santa Barbara without a car is to bus and Amtrak Thruway which takes 4 h 51 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 51 min to get from Riverside to Santa Barbara, including transfers.

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Riverside to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Riverside, CA station.

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Riverside to Santa Barbara train services, operated by Metrolink Trains, arrive at Riverside-Downtown station.

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The best way to get from Riverside to Santa Barbara is to bus and Amtrak Thruway which takes 4 h 51 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs $40 - $80 and takes 4 h 59 min.

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Map of how to get from Riverside to Santa Barbara.
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  • Distance: 136.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 51 min

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

You can take a bus from Riverside to Santa Barbara via Los Angeles, CA in around 4 h 51 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 4 h 59 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Train operators
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
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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
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
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 Los Angeles, CA to Santa Barbara, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to Santa Barbara Airport is the direct flight which takes 52 min.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Riverside to Santa Barbara is 149 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 35 min to drive from Riverside 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 144+ hotels available in Santa Barbara. Prices start at $120 USD per night.

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