There are 4 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Carlsbad by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6731 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oceanside, Ca 9455 / ...

$33 - $74

3 alternative options

Train  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Carlsbad Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$40 - $100

Drive  •  3 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Carlsbad 185.9 miles

$18 - $27

Fly, train  •  6 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Diego (SAN) SBA - SAN
  2. Take the train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Carlsbad Village Station

$124 - $700

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Carlsbad is to drive which costs $18 - $27 and takes 3 h 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Carlsbad is to drive which costs $18 - $27 and takes 3 h 11 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to Carlsbad station. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, Ca and arriving at Carlsbad Village Station via Los Angeles, Ca and Oceanside Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 57 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak and arriving at Carlsbad Amtrak. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 10 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Carlsbad is 162 miles. The road distance is 185.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Carlsbad without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 57 min and costs $30 - $75.

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It takes approximately 4 h 57 min to get from Santa Barbara to Carlsbad, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Carlsbad is to bus which takes 4 h 57 min and costs $30 - $75. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $40 - $100 and takes 5 h 10 min.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Carlsbad.
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  • Distance: 161.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 57 min

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

You can take a bus from Santa Barbara to Carlsbad via Los Angeles, Ca, Oceanside, Ca, and Oceanside Transit Center in around 4 h 57 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Carlsbad once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $100 and the journey takes 5 h 10 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Portland
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Seattle
Ave. Duration
6 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Carlsbad Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$190 - $280
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Carlsbad Amtrak
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Carlsbad Village Station
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Bus operators
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
Bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oceanside, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35

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