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There are 6 ways to get from San Diego to Santa Barbara by train, bus, night bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Barbara Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$45 - $110

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Bus  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca 6742 / ...

$34 - $81

4 alternative options

Night bus, bus  •  7 h

  1. Take the night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara 219.9 miles

$21 - $35

Fly to Santa Barbara  •  5 h 3 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Santa Barbara (SBA) SAN - SBA

$133 - $704

Fly to Los Angeles, bus  •  5 h 17 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Los Angeles (LAX) SAN - LAX
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles Airport, CA to Santa Barbara, CA

$142 - $398

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Santa Barbara is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Santa Barbara is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Santa Barbara. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Santa Barbara, Ca via Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 45 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Santa Barbara Amtrak. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 46 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Santa Barbara is 189 miles. The road distance is 219.9 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Santa Barbara without a car is to train which takes 5 h 46 min and costs $45 - $110.

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The train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Barbara Amtrak takes 5 h 46 min including transfers and departs four times a day.

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San Diego to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Diego, Ca station.

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San Diego to Santa Barbara train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Diego Santa Fe Depot station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Santa Barbara is to train which takes 5 h 46 min and costs $45 - $110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $85 and takes 6 h 45 min, you could also fly, which costs $130 - $750 and takes 5 h 3 min.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Santa Barbara.
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  • Distance: 188.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 46 min

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

Amtrak operates a train from San Diego to Santa Barbara 4 times a day. Tickets cost $45 - $110 and the journey takes 5 h 46 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Santa Barbara via Los Angeles, Ca in around 6 h 45 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Santa Barbara via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from San Diego to Santa Barbara via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from San Diego to Santa Barbara via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from San Diego to Santa Barbara via San Francisco, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Santa Barbara via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from San Diego to Santa Barbara via Los Angeles, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
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 San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $110
Room
$210 - $300
Bus operators
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.

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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 Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
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
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
Night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.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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There is no direct flight from San Diego Airport to Santa Barbara Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 56 min and has one stopover.

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San Diego to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Santa Barbara, Ca station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Santa Barbara is 220 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 44 min to drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to Santa Barbara Airport.

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Book your San Diego to Santa Barbara bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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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 San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 9 min and costs $2 - $3.

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