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

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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Train, taxi  •  6 h 53 min

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

$188 - $298

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Salinas Amtrak Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Del Monte / Conference Center to Highway 1 / River Inn 22

$6 - $24

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Night bus, bus  •  7 h 53 min

  1. Take the night bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Salinas, Ca 6756
  2. Take the bus from Del Monte / Conference Center to Highway 1 / River Inn 22

$34 - $89

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 56 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 - $718

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Monterey, bus  •  8 h 8 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 - $351

Fly Santa Barbara to San Francisco, shuttle, bus  •  8 h 39 min

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

$218 - $444

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Big Sur is to bus which costs $6 - $24 and takes 8 h 43 min.

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara station to Big Sur. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station and arriving at Highway 1 / River Inn via Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 and Del Monte / Conference Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 43 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Big Sur is 176 miles. The road distance is 238.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Big Sur without a car is to train and taxi which takes 6 h 53 min and costs $180 - $300.

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

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

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There is no direct flight from Santa Barbara Airport to Monterey Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 43 min and has one stopover.

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Santa Barbara to Big Sur bus services, operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit, arrive at Highway 1 / River Inn station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Big Sur is 238 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 46 min to drive from Santa Barbara to Big Sur.

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  • Distance: 175.5 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 53 min

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 Amtrak Station, Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7, Tyler / Franklin, and Del Monte / Conference Center in around 8 h 43 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via San Francisco, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Salinas Amtrak Station
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
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 Salinas Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
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
$3 - $12
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
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Night bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Salinas, Ca
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$27 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Santa Barbara Airbus
Website
sbairbus.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
sbairbus.com
Monterey Bus
Website
montereyairbus.com
Shuttle from San Francisco International Airport to Monterey
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $50
Schedules at
montereyairbus.com
Other operators
Taxi from Salinas Amtrak Station 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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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Santa Barbara Airport to Monterey Airport.

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There are 11+ hotels available in Big Sur. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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

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