There are 7 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Berkeley by plane, subway, bus, train or car

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Fly Santa Barbara to San Francisco, BART  •  4 h 12 min

  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  •  8 h 57 min

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

$41 - $93

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Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Oakland  •  5 h 9 min

  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  •  5 h 13 min

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

$133 - $491

Amtrak Thruway to Bakersfield, fly to San Francisco  •  6 h 54 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Santa Barbara, CA to Bakersfield, CA
  2. Fly from Bakersfield (BFL) to San Francisco (SFO) BFL - SFO

$248 - $469

Train  •  9 h 14 min

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

$60 - $160

Drive  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Berkeley 336.7 miles

$30 - $50

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to Berkeley. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, Ca and arriving at Oxford St:Addison St via Thomas L Berkley Way. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 57 min.

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

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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 8 h 57 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 12 min to get from Santa Barbara to Berkeley, including transfers.

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Santa Barbara to Berkeley bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Santa Barbara, Ca station.

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Santa Barbara to Berkeley train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Santa Barbara Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Berkeley is to bus which takes 8 h 57 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 9 h 14 min.

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

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Santa Barbara to Berkeley bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Oakland, Ca station.

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  • Distance: 279.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 12 min

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

Greyhound USA operates a bus from Santa Barbara to Berkeley hourly. Tickets cost $35 - $90 and the journey takes 8 h 25 min. Amtrak also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Berkeley once daily. Tickets cost $60 - $160 and the journey takes 9 h 14 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Bakersfield to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $800
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
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
11 min
Frequency
Every 15 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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Burbank Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
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 to Emeryville Amtrak
Ave. Duration
9 h 14 min
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
2 h 10 min
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Bakersfield, CA
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Oakland Jack London Square Station
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
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
8 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $90

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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 5 h 46 min 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 515+ hotels available in Berkeley. Prices start at $111 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Barbara Airport is to bus which takes 23 min and costs .

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