There are 7 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Big Sur by train, taxi, bus, car or plane

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

Train, taxi  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak Coast Starlight
  2. Take a taxi from Salinas Amtrak to Big Sur

$188 - $298

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Salinas, Ca 6766 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl to Highway 1 / River Inn 22

$38 - $83

5 alternative options

Train, bus  •  9 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak Coast Starlight
  2. Take the bus from Del Monte / Conference Center to Highway 1 / River Inn 22

$58 - $135

Drive  •  4 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Big Sur 238.5 miles

$23 - $35

Fly Santa Barbara to Monterey, bus  •  8 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Monterey (MRY) SBA - MRY
  2. Take the bus from Del Monte Center / Gate 2 to Highway 1 / River Inn

$146 - $712

Fly Santa Barbara to San Francisco, bus  •  8 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Francisco (SFO) SBA - SFO
  2. Take the bus from Del Monte / Conference Center to Highway 1 / River Inn

$220 - $440

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Monterey, bus  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Monterey (MRY) LAX - MRY
  3. Take the bus from Del Monte Center / Gate 2 to Highway 1 / River Inn

$134 - $345

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

You can take a bus from Santa Barbara to Big Sur via Salinas, Ca, Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7, Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler, and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl in around 8 h 27 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 41 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via San Francisco, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $500
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Room
$220 - $310
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Salinas, Ca
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$28 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl to Highway 1 / River Inn
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Del Monte / Conference Center to Highway 1 / River Inn
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Del Monte Center / Gate 2 to Highway 1 / River Inn
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
mst.org
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
Other operators
Taxi from Salinas Amtrak to Big Sur
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 831-424-1234
Website
yellowcab1234.com
Sal's Salinas Taxi Co
Phone
+1 831-422-7276

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Santa Barbara to Big Sur?

The distance between Santa Barbara and Big Sur is 281 km. The road distance is 382 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Big Sur?

The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Big Sur is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 4 h 46 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Santa Barbara to Big Sur?

The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Big Sur is to drive which takes 4 h 46 min and costs $23 - $35.

Is there a direct bus between Santa Barbara and Big Sur?

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to Big Sur. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, Ca and arriving at Highway 1 / River Inn via Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 27 min.

How long does it take to get from Santa Barbara to Big Sur?

It takes approximately 6 h 53 min to get from Santa Barbara to Big Sur, including transfers.