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There are 8 ways to get from San Francisco to Santa Barbara by plane, subway, train, bus or car

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Fly San Francisco to Santa Barbara  •  4h 5m

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

$171 - $482

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Bus  •  7h 10m

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco Salesforce Plaza to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service / ...

$35 - $55

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BART to Oakland, fly to Santa Barbara  •  3h 57m

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Oakland Coliseum - OAC
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Santa Barbara (SBA) OAK - SBA

$108 - $449

Fly Oakland to Burbank, train  •  6h 26m

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

$133 - $454

Fly San Francisco to Burbank, train  •  6h 28m

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

$96 - $267

Caltrain, bus  •  8h 40m

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Jose Diridon Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service / ...

$45 - $62

Caltrain, train  •  10h 23m

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

$55 - $77

Drive  •  5h 45m

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Santa Barbara 339.3 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Barbara is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Barbara is to BART and fly which costs $100 - $450 and takes 3h 57m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Francisco Salesforce Plaza and arriving at Santa Barbara Amtrak Station station. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from San Francisco to Santa Barbara station. However, there are services departing from San Francisco Caltrain and arriving at Santa Barbara Amtrak Station via San Jose Diridon Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 23m.

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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 7h 10m and costs $35 - $55.

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It takes approximately 4h 5m to get from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Francisco Salesforce Plaza 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 4h 5m and costs $170 - $490. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $55 and takes 7h 10m, you could also Caltrain and train, which costs $50 - $80 and takes 10h 23m.

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  • Distance: 278.7 miles
  • Duration: 4h 5m

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, Amtrak operates a bus from San Francisco Salesforce Plaza to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station 3 times a day, and the journey takes 7h 10m. Greyhound USA also services this route twice daily.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $400
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $250
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $250
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $270
Corporate Flight Management
Website
contouraviation.com
Flights from Oakland to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $370
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Oakland Coliseum - OAC
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
bart.gov
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 Burbank Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from San Jose Diridon Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
7h 48m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Premium
$220 - $310
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Seat
$85 - $120
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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 San Francisco Salesforce Plaza to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from San Jose Diridon Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
amtrak.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
9h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $55
Flexible
$65 - $95
Bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $90

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Santa Barbara Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 26m.

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San Francisco to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Santa Barbara Amtrak Station.

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San Francisco to Santa Barbara train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Santa Barbara Amtrak Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Santa Barbara is 339 miles. It takes approximately 5h 45m to drive from San Francisco to Santa Barbara.

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United Airlines offers flights from San Francisco Airport to Santa Barbara Airport.

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

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There are 176+ hotels available in Santa Barbara. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 29 min and costs $3 - $5.

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