• Our partners include:

  • Greyhound USA
  • VIA Rail
  • Amtrak
  • Acela Express
  • Megabus
  • SuperShuttle
  • Booking.com
  • Skyscanner
  • Airbnb
  • Expedia

There are 9 ways to get from San Jose to Santa Barbara by bus, train, car, plane or subway

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

Bus Amtrak  •  6 h 5 min

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

$30 - $85

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA  •  8 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from W Santa Clara & S Market to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 17
  2. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca 6725 / ...

$33 - $80

7 alternative options

Train  •  7 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Coast Starlight

$55 - $150

Drive  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Drive from San Jose to Santa Barbara 293 miles

$28 - $45

Caltrain to San Francisco, fly to Santa Barbara  •  4 h 52 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Santa Barbara (SBA) SFO - SBA

$183 - $398

Line 181 bus, BART to Oakland, fly to Santa Barbara  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Take the line 181 bus from 1St & St James to Warm Springs Bart
  2. Take the BART from Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  3. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Santa Barbara (SBA) OAK - SBA

$59 - $386

Fly San Jose to Burbank, train  •  5 h 23 min

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

$85 - $367

Fly San Jose to Los Angeles, bus  •  5 h 37 min

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

$107 - $297

Fly Oakland to Burbank, train  •  6 h 31 min

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

$136 - $499

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Jose to Santa Barbara is to drive which costs $28 - $45 and takes 4 h 58 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from San Jose to Santa Barbara is to line 181 bus and BART and fly which costs $55 - $390 and takes 4 h 18 min.

More details

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Jose Diridon Station station and arriving at Santa Barbara Amtrak. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 5 min.

More details

Yes, there is a direct train departing from San Jose Diridon Station station and arriving at Santa Barbara Amtrak. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 48 min.

More details

The distance between San Jose and Santa Barbara is 238 miles. The road distance is 293 miles.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from San Jose to Santa Barbara without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 5 min and costs $30 - $85.

More details

The bus from San Jose Diridon Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak takes 6 h 5 min including transfers and departs five times a day.

More details

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

More details

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

More details

The best way to get from San Jose to Santa Barbara is to bus which takes 6 h 5 min and costs $30 - $85. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $55 - $150 and takes 7 h 48 min.

Mode details

Map of how to get from San Jose to Santa Barbara.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 237.6 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 5 min

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

Amtrak operates a bus from San Jose to Santa Barbara 3 times a day, and the journey takes 6 h 5 min. Greyhound USA also services this route twice daily. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Jose to Santa Barbara once daily. Tickets cost $55 - $150 and the journey takes 7 h 48 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Corporate Flight Management
Website
contouraviation.com
Flights from Oakland to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $370
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 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
Train from Burbank Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 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
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
bart.gov
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from San Jose Diridon Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
3 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 Jose, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $85
Bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $75
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from W Santa Clara & S Market to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from 1St & St James to Warm Springs Bart
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
vta.org
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

Want to know more about travelling around United States

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Santa Barbara Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 11 min.

Search flights

San Jose to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Santa Barbara Amtrak station.

More details

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

More details

Yes, the driving distance between San Jose to Santa Barbara is 293 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 58 min to drive from San Jose to Santa Barbara.

Get driving directions

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

Search flights

Book your San Jose to Santa Barbara train tickets online with Rome2rio.

Search and book

Book your San Jose to Santa Barbara bus tickets online with Rome2rio.

Search and book

There are 149+ hotels available in Santa Barbara. Prices start at $129 USD per night.

More details

The best way to get from San Jose to San Jose Airport is to line 10 bus which takes 7 min and costs $2.

More details