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There are 6 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach by train, bus, car or plane

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Recommended option

Train  •  4h 26m

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

$84 - $137

Cheapest option

Bus, line 25 bus  •  6h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
  2. Take the bus from Grand / 5th to Fullerton Park and Ride 460
  3. Take the line 25 bus from Fullerton Park And Ride Dock 7 to Orange-Main 25

$3 - $13

4 alternative options

Bus  •  5h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA Goleta
  2. Take the bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Downtown Long Beach Station LAX to Long Beach

$56 - $75

Train, line 25 bus  •  5h 55m

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station Pacific Surfliner / ...
  2. Take the line 25 bus from Buena Park Metrolink Station Zone 2 to Orange-Main 25

$38 - $80

Drive  •  2h 18m

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach 131.6 miles

$12 - $19

Fly, line 121 bus, line 1 bus  •  5h 43m

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Los Angeles (LAX) SBA - LAX
  2. Take the line 121 bus from First & Shelter H S to Seventh & Channel Se
  3. Take the line 1 bus from 7Th-Channel to Pacific Coast-Main

$92 - $232

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach is to bus and line 25 bus which costs $3 - $13 and takes 6h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach is to drive which costs $12 - $19 and takes 2h 18m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, CA and arriving at Pacific Coast-Main via Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal, First & Shelter H S and 7Th-Channel. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 15m.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Huntington Beach is 111 miles. The road distance is 131.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach without a car is to train which takes 4h 26m and costs $80 - $140.

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It takes approximately 4h 26m to get from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach, including transfers.

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Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach bus services, operated by Santa Barbara Airbus, depart from Santa Barbara, CA station.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach is to train which takes 4h 26m and costs $80 - $140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $55 - $75 and takes 5h 15m.

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The quickest flight from Santa Barbara Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 2m.

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Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach bus services, operated by LAX FlyAway, arrive at Downtown Long Beach Station.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach.
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  • Distance: 111.2 miles
  • Duration: 4h 26m

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

Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach 5 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $80 and the journey takes 4h 6m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach via Los Angeles Airport, CA, Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal, First & Shelter H S, Seventh & Channel Se, and 7Th-Channel in around 5h 15m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
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 Santa Ana Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $230
Bus operators
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
LAX FlyAway
Phone
(714) 507-1170 / (310) 834-1002
Website
flylax.com
Bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Downtown Long Beach Station
Ave. Duration
59m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Website
LAX FlyAway
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Buena Park Metrolink Station Zone 2 to Orange-Main
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Bus from Fullerton Park And Ride Dock 7 to Orange-Main
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Bus from 7Th-Channel to Pacific Coast-Main
Ave. Duration
33m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
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 Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Grand / 5th to Fullerton Park and Ride
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Long Beach Transit
Website
lbtransit.com
Bus from First & Shelter H S to Seventh & Channel Se
Ave. Duration
35m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
lbtransit.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach is 132 miles. It takes approximately 2h 18m to drive from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach.

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United Airlines offers flights from Santa Barbara Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 825+ hotels available in Huntington Beach. 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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