There are 5 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Irvine by bus, train, car, plane or rideshare

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Anaheim, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Artic - Dock 1 to Main-Harvard 53x / ...

$27 - $65

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Bus Amtrak  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to Anaheim, CA
  3. Take the bus from Artic - Dock 1 to Main-Paseo Westpark 53x / ...

$7 - $21

3 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$38 - $83

Drive  •  2 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Irvine 137.3 miles

$13 - $20

Fly, Tesloop  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Los Angeles (LAX) SBA - LAX
  2. Take the Tesloop from LAX Express to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Newport Beach

$140 - $271

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to Irvine. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, Ca and arriving at Main-Harvard via Los Angeles, Ca and Artic - Dock 1. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 6 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Santa Barbara to Irvine station. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak and arriving at Tustin station via Santa Ana station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 56 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Irvine is 120 miles. The road distance is 137.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Irvine without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 6 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 6 min to get from Santa Barbara to Irvine, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Irvine is to bus which takes 4 h 6 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 4 h 56 min.

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The quickest flight from Santa Barbara Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 56 min.

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Santa Barbara to Irvine bus services, operated by OCTA, arrive at Main-Harvard station.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Irvine.
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  • Distance: 119.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 6 min

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

You can take a bus from Santa Barbara to Irvine via Los Angeles, Ca, Anaheim, Ca, and Artic - Dock 1 in around 4 h 6 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Irvine 5 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $80 and the journey takes 4 h 6 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
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
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 Anaheim, Ca
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$9 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Artic - Dock 1 to Main-Harvard
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Bus from Artic - Dock 1 to Main-Paseo Westpark
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Other operators
Tesloop
Phone
+1 (818) 330-6446
Email
support@tesloop.com
Website
tesloop.com
Rideshare from LAX Express to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Newport Beach
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$59
Schedules at
tesloop.com
Book at
tesloop.com

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Santa Barbara to Irvine train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Irvine is 137 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 20 min to drive from Santa Barbara to Irvine.

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

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There are 667+ hotels available in Irvine. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Barbara Airport is to bus which takes 23 min and costs .

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