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 41 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Santa Barbara (SBA) SFO - SBA

$177 - $390

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca 6725 / ...

$35 - $95

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Fly Oakland to Burbank, train  •  5 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR
  2. Take the train from Burbank Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak

$133 - $496

Fly San Francisco to Burbank, train  •  5 h 59 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Burbank (BUR) SFO - BUR
  2. Take the train from Burbank Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak

$99 - $523

Fly Oakland to Los Angeles, bus  •  6 h 6 min

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

$90 - $256

Caltrain, train  •  9 h 50 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Bullet / ...
  2. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Coast Starlight

$65 - $162

Drive  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Santa Barbara 339.3 miles

$30 - $50

Questions & Answers

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

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Barbara is to fly which costs $170 - $390 and takes 3 h 41 min.

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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.

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No, there is no direct train from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. However, there are services departing from San Francisco Caltrain and arriving at Santa Barbara Amtrak via San Jose Diridon Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 50 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Santa Barbara is 279 miles. The road distance is 339.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Santa Barbara without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 20 min and costs $35 - $95.

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It takes approximately 3 h 41 min to get from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, including transfers.

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

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San Francisco to Santa Barbara train services, operated by Caltrain, depart from San Francisco Caltrain station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Santa Barbara is to fly which takes 3 h 41 min and costs $170 - $390. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $95 and takes 9 h 20 min, you could also Caltrain and train, which costs $60 - $170 and takes 9 h 50 min.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Santa Barbara.
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  • Distance: 278.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 41 min

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. Amtrak also services this route twice daily.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
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 Santa Barbara via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 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
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $440
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Burbank 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 San Jose Diridon Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
7 h 48 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Room
$250 - $350
Bus operators
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
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
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
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from San Francisco - Transbay Terminal Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com

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