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

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Train Station to Los Angeles Downtown

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Train

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles

Bus via Los Angeles Airport, CA

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Take the bus from LAX Terminal 1 Lower Level FlyAway Stop to Union Station FlyAway - 800 N Alameda St at Union Station / Patsaurus Plaza

Drive

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles

Fly

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Los Angeles (LAX)

Santa Barbara to Los Angeles by bus

25 Weekly Buses
2h 20m Average Duration
$10 Cheapest Price
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Santa Barbara → Los Angeles
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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santa Barbara Train Station station and arriving at Los Angeles Downtown. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Santa Barbara and arriving at Los Angeles. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 52m.

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It is 87 miles from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles. It is approximately 95.5 miles to drive.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles without a car is to bus which takes 2h 20m and costs $10 - $50.

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The bus from Santa Barbara Train Station to Los Angeles Downtown takes 2h 20m including transfers and departs four times a day.

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Santa Barbara to Los Angeles bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from Santa Barbara Train Station.

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

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles is to bus which takes 2h 20m and costs $10 - $50. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $28 - $40 and takes 2h 52m, you could also fly, which costs $170 - $410 and takes 3h 1m.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles.
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  • Distance: 87.4 miles
  • Duration: 2h 20m

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

Flixbus USA operates a bus from Santa Barbara Train Station to Los Angeles Downtown 4 times a day. Tickets cost $10 - $50 and the journey takes 2h 20m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles 5 times a day. Tickets cost $28 - $40 and the journey takes 2h 52m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $440
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
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Premium
$190 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Bus operators
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Train Station to Los Angeles Downtown
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $50
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Adult Standard Purchase
$16 - $50
Adult Advance Purchase
$10 - $15
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
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
Amtrak
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 to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $25
Flexible
$35 - $55
Central Coast Shuttle
Website
centralcoastshuttle.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $80
Schedules at
centralcoastshuttle.com
one way non-prepaid
$65 - $80
One-way prepaid 48 hours advance
$60 - $75
LAX FlyAway
Phone
+1 (855) 463-5252
Website
flylax.com
Bus from LAX Terminal 1 Lower Level FlyAway Stop to Union Station FlyAway - 800 N Alameda St at Union Station / Patsaurus Plaza
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10
Website
LAX FlyAway

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The quickest flight from Santa Barbara Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 58 min.

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Santa Barbara to Los Angeles bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at Los Angeles Downtown station.

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Santa Barbara to Los Angeles train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Los Angeles is 96 miles. It takes approximately 1h 40m to drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles.

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

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Barbara Airport is to bus which takes 7 min and costs $40 - $55.

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