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There are 9 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea by bus, train, car, plane or shuttle

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  7h 3m

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

$33 - $90

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Bus Amtrak  •  7h 17m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Salinas Amtrak Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

$5 - $24

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Train  •  7h 51m

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

$53 - $142

Drive  •  4h 20m

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea 254.5 miles

$24 - $40

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Monterey  •  6h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Monterey (MRY) LAX - MRY

$133 - $351

Fly Santa Barbara to San Francisco, shuttle  •  7h 17m

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Francisco (SFO) SBA - SFO
  2. Take a shuttle bus from San Francisco International Airport to Monterey

$218 - $444

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  7h 43m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJC) LAX - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from San Jose International Airport to Monterey

$156 - $357

Train to Burbank, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  7h 42m

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Burbank Amtrak
  2. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to San Jose (SJC) BUR - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from San Jose International Airport to Monterey

$131 - $422

Fly Santa Barbara to Oakland, shuttle  •  8h 35m

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Oakland (OAK) SBA - OAK
  2. Take a shuttle bus from San Francisco International Airport to Monterey

$98 - $394

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea is to bus which costs $5 - $24 and takes 7h 17m.

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

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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 7h 3m.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Carmel-by-the-Sea is 195 miles. The road distance is 254.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea without a car is to bus which takes 7h 3m and costs $30 - $90.

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It takes approximately 7h 3m to get from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea, including transfers.

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Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Santa Barbara, Ca station.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea is to bus which takes 7h 3m and costs $30 - $90. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $50 - $150 and takes 7h 51m.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to Monterey Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Salinas, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea.
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  • Distance: 194.6 miles
  • Duration: 7h 3m

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 twice daily. Tickets cost $28 - $70 and the journey takes 5h. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $120 and the journey takes 5h 48m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Corporate Flight Management
Website
contouraviation.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $310
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
5h 48m
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
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Burbank Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
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
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 Salinas, Ca
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$28 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
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
5h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Santa Barbara Airbus
Website
sbairbus.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
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
2h 15m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $50
Schedules at
montereyairbus.com
Shuttle from San Jose International Airport to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $50
Schedules at
montereyairbus.com

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea is 254 miles. It takes approximately 4h 20m to drive from Santa Barbara to Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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United Airlines offers flights from Los Angeles Airport to Monterey Airport.

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There are 252+ hotels available in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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

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