There are 7 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea by bus, train, 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

Bus  •  7 h 4 min

  1. 6766 / ...

$34 - $77

6 alternative options

Train  •  7 h 52 min

  1. Coast Starlight

$54 - $129

Drive  •  4 h 20 min

  1. 254.5 miles

$24 - $40

Fly Santa Barbara to Monterey  •  6 h 50 min

  1. SBA - MRY

$142 - $707

Fly Santa Barbara to San Francisco  •  7 h 7 min

  1. SBA - SFO

$216 - $434

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Monterey  •  6 h 15 min

  1. LAX - MRY

$131 - $340

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to San Jose  •  7 h 34 min

  1. LAX - SJC

$155 - $347

What companies run services between Santa Barbara, CA, USA and Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA?

Greyhound USA operates a bus from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea hourly. Tickets cost $28 - $70 and the journey takes 5 h. Amtrak also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $120 and the journey takes 5 h 48 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 43 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
6 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
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
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
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
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
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
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

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Santa Barbara and Carmel-by-the-Sea is 311 km. The road distance is 407 km.

The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea is to drive which costs $24 - $40 and takes 4 h 20 min.

The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea is to drive which takes 4 h 20 min and costs $24 - $40.

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, Ca and arriving at 6th / Mission Street via Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 4 min.

It takes approximately 7 h 4 min to get from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea, including transfers.