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

Marin Airporter, fly to Santa Barbara  •  4 h 28 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

Train  •  11 h 25 min

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

$65 - $168

Night bus  •  9 h 54 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Francisco - Transbay Terminal Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  6 h 3 min

  1. Drive from San Rafael to Santa Barbara 354 miles

$30 - $50

Questions & Answers

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

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The quickest way to get from San Rafael to Santa Barbara is to Marin Airporter and fly which costs $190 - $410 and takes 4 h 28 min.

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The distance between San Rafael and Santa Barbara is 294 miles. The road distance is 354 miles.

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It takes approximately 4 h 28 min to get from San Rafael to Santa Barbara, including transfers.

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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.

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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 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
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 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

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 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
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
Night bus from San Francisco - Transbay Terminal Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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