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There are 8 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Berkeley by plane, subway, bus, 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.

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Fly Santa Barbara to San Francisco, BART  •  4h 18m

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Francisco (SFO) SBA - SFO
  2. Take the BART from 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station to Downtown Berkeley BART Station

$180 - $396

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  9h 18m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Oakland, Ca 6766 / ...

$41 - $93

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Fly Santa Barbara to Oakland, BART  •  3h 44m

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Oakland (OAK) SBA - OAK
  2. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Downtown Berkeley BART Station

$44 - $323

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Oakland  •  5h 24m

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

$93 - $256

Train to Burbank, fly to Oakland  •  5h 18m

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

$133 - $491

Bus Amtrak  •  7h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Emeryville Amtrak Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Train  •  9h 14m

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Emeryville Amtrak Station Coast Starlight

$60 - $160

Drive  •  5h 46m

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Berkeley 336.7 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Berkeley is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5h 46m.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Berkeley is to fly and BART which costs $40 - $330 and takes 3h 44m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station station and arriving at Emeryville Amtrak Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station station and arriving at Emeryville Amtrak Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9h 14m.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Berkeley is 280 miles. The road distance is 336.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Berkeley without a car is to bus which takes 7h 40m and costs .

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It takes approximately 4h 18m to get from Santa Barbara to Berkeley, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Berkeley is to bus which takes 7h 40m and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs $60 - $160 and takes 9h 14m.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Berkeley.
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  • Distance: 279.9 miles
  • Duration: 4h 18m

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

Amtrak operates a bus from Santa Barbara to Berkeley once daily, and the journey takes 7h 40m. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Berkeley once daily. Tickets cost $60 - $160 and the journey takes 9h 14m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Boutique Air
Website
boutiqueair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland via Merced
Ave. Duration
2h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $340
Corporate Flight Management
Website
contouraviation.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $310
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station to Downtown Berkeley BART Station
Ave. Duration
11m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum BART Station to Downtown Berkeley BART Station
Ave. Duration
22m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $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 Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Burbank Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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 Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Emeryville Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
9h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$270 - $370
Bus operators
Santa Barbara Airbus
Website
sbairbus.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
sbairbus.com
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 Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Emeryville Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
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 Santa Barbara, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $90

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The quickest flight from Santa Barbara Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 18m.

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Santa Barbara to Berkeley bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Emeryville Amtrak Station.

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Santa Barbara to Berkeley train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Emeryville Amtrak Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Berkeley is 337 miles. It takes approximately 5h 46m to drive from Santa Barbara to Berkeley.

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

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There are 517+ hotels available in Berkeley. Prices start at $99 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Barbara Airport is to bus which takes 22m and costs $1 - $2.

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