There are 6 ways to get from San Rafael to Santa Barbara by bus, plane, train 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

Marin Airporter, fly to Santa Barbara  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Take the Marin Airporter from San Rafael Transit Center to San Francisco Airport
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Santa Barbara (SBA) SFO - SBA

$191 - $403

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 20 min

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

$44 - $114

4 alternative options

Marin Airporter, fly to Burbank, train  •  6 h 41 min

  1. Take the Marin Airporter from San Rafael Transit Center to San Francisco Airport
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Burbank (BUR) SFO - BUR
  3. Take the train from Burbank Bob Hope Airport Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak

$113 - $536

Amtrak Thruway  •  11 h 6 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Oakland, CA - Jack London to Santa Barbara, CA 4796 / ...

Train  •  11 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Coast Starlight

$65 - $168

Drive  •  6 h 3 min

  1. Drive from San Rafael to Santa Barbara 354 miles

$30 - $50

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

Greyhound USA operates a bus from San Rafael to Santa Barbara hourly. Tickets cost $35 - $95 and the journey takes 8 h 45 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Rafael to Santa Barbara once daily. Tickets cost $60 - $160 and the journey takes 9 h 5 min.

Airlines
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
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
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
Marin Airporter
Website
marinairporter.com
Bus from San Rafael Transit Center to San Francisco Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $21
Schedules at
marinairporter.com
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Oakland, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $95

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from San Rafael to Santa Barbara?

The distance between San Rafael and Santa Barbara is 470 km. The road distance is 566 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from San Rafael to Santa Barbara?

The cheapest way to get from San Rafael to Santa Barbara is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 6 h 3 min.

What is the fastest way to get from San Rafael to Santa Barbara?

The quickest way to get from San Rafael to Santa Barbara is to Marin Airporter and fly which takes 4 h 22 min and costs $190 - $410.

Is there a direct bus between San Rafael and Santa Barbara?

No, there is no direct bus from San Rafael to Santa Barbara. However, there are services departing from San Rafael and arriving at Santa Barbara, Ca via Oakland, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 20 min.

How long does it take to get from San Rafael to Santa Barbara?

It takes approximately 4 h 22 min to get from San Rafael to Santa Barbara, including transfers.