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

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Train, bus  •  8 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Van Nuys Amtrak Pacific Surfliner / ...
  2. Take the bus from Van Nuys, CA - Park and Ride to Mammoth Mountain, CA

$108 - $332

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Amtrak Thruway, bus  •  11 h 59 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Santa Barbara, CA to Bakersfield, CA
  2. Take the bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Carl's Jr. - Inyo St. 100
  3. Take the bus from Mojave - Carl's Jr 44812 Sierra Hwy to Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street
  4. Take the bus from Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street to Stop 25-Vons Parking Lot

$34 - $65

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Amtrak Thruway, train, bus  •  14 h 55 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Santa Barbara, CA to Bakersfield, CA
  2. Take the train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Fresno Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Amtrak/Greyhound Station to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center
  4. Take the bus from Yosemite Valley Visitors Center to Mammoth Lakes Park & Ride

$52 - $100

Drive  •  6 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes 359.6 miles

$35 - $55

Fly from Santa Barbara  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Mammoth Lakes (MMH) SBA - MMH

$144 - $680

Bus to Los Angeles, fly  •  4 h 39 min

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

$162 - $443

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, CA and arriving at Stop 25-Vons Parking Lot via Bakersfield Amtrak, Mojave - Carl's Jr 44812 Sierra Hwy and Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 59 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Mammoth Lakes is 228 miles. The road distance is 359.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes without a car is to train and bus which takes 8 h 2 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 2 min to get from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes, including transfers.

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Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Santa Barbara, CA station.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes is to Amtrak Thruway and bus which takes 11 h 59 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs and takes 6 h 6 min.

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There is no direct flight from Santa Barbara Airport to Mammoth Lakes Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes bus services, operated by ESTA, arrive at Stop 25-Vons Parking Lot station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes is 360 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 24 min to drive from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines offer flights from Santa Barbara Airport to Mammoth Lakes Airport.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes.
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  • Distance: 227.7 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 2 min

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

You can take a bus from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes via Bakersfield, CA, Bakersfield Amtrak, Carl's Jr. - Inyo St., Mojave - Carl's Jr 44812 Sierra Hwy, and Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street in around 11 h 59 min. Alternatively, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines, Inc. fly from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes 5 times a day.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes via San Francisco, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
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 Van Nuys Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Train from Bakersfield Amtrak to Fresno Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Room
$160 - $230
Bus operators
Mammoth Luxury Express Bus
Website
mammothexpressbus.com
Bus from Van Nuys, CA - Park and Ride to Mammoth Mountain, CA
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60 - $250
Schedules at
mammothexpressbus.com
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, CA to Bakersfield, CA
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Bakersfield, CA to Mojave, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Kern Transit
Website
kerntransit.org
Bus from Bakersfield Amtrak to Carl's Jr. - Inyo St.
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
kerntransit.org
ESTA
Phone
+1 760-872-1901
Email
info@estransit.com
Website
estransit.com
Bus from Mojave - Carl's Jr 44812 Sierra Hwy to Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Schedules at
estransit.com
Bus from Bishop - Vons/Kmart 1200 N. Main Street to Stop 25-Vons Parking Lot
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $12
Schedules at
estransit.com
Yosemite Area Regional Transportation
Phone
+1 877-989-2787
Website
yarts.com
Bus from Amtrak/Greyhound Station to Yosemite Valley Visitors Center
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $13
Summer schedules at
Yarts
Bus from Yosemite Valley Visitors Center to Mammoth Lakes Park & Ride
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Summer schedules at
Yarts
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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There are 975+ hotels available in Mammoth Lakes. Prices start at $109 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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