There are 7 ways to get from San Francisco to Santa Barbara by plane, train, bus or car

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

Fly San Francisco to Santa Barbara  •  3 h 35 min

  1. SFO - SBA

$177 - $390

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9 h 20 min

  1. 6725 / ...

$35 - $95

5 alternative options

Fly San Francisco to Burbank, train  •  5 h 54 min

  1. SFO - BUR

$99 - $523

Fly Oakland to Burbank, train  •  6 h 3 min

  1. OAK - BUR

$133 - $496

Amtrak Thruway  •  10 h 14 min

  1. 4796 / ...

Train  •  10 h 34 min

  1. Coast Starlight

$63 - $164

Drive  •  5 h 44 min

  1. 339.3 miles

$30 - $50

Questions & Answers

The distance between San Francisco and Santa Barbara is 446 km. The road distance is 543 km.

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Barbara is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 44 min.

The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Barbara is to fly which takes 3 h 35 min and costs $170 - $390.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Francisco, Ca and arriving at Santa Barbara, Ca. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 20 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 35 min to get from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, including transfers.

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

United Airlines flies from San Francisco to Santa Barbara every 4 hours. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from San Francisco to Santa Barbara hourly. Tickets cost $35 - $95 and the journey takes 9 h 20 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Burbank Bob Hope Airport Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $370
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $95

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