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There are 8 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Monterey by bus, train, night bus, car, plane or shuttle

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Bus  •  6 h 28 min

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

$3 - $12

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Train  •  7 h 6 min

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

$51 - $130

Night bus  •  5 h 38 min

  1. Take the night bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Salinas, Ca 6756

$31 - $77

Drive  •  4 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Monterey 251.5 miles

$24 - $40

Fly Santa Barbara to Monterey  •  7 h

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Monterey (MRY) SBA - MRY

$142 - $706

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Monterey  •  6 h 13 min

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

$131 - $339

Fly Santa Barbara to San Francisco, shuttle  •  6 h 22 min

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

$216 - $432

Train to Burbank, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  6 h 54 min

  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

$129 - $410

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Monterey is to bus which costs $3 - $12 and takes 6 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Monterey is to drive which costs $24 - $40 and takes 4 h 17 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara station to Monterey. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station and arriving at Tyler / Franklin via Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 28 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Monterey is 196 miles. The road distance is 251.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Monterey without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 28 min and costs $3 - $12.

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It takes approximately 6 h 28 min to get from Santa Barbara to Monterey, including transfers.

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Santa Barbara to Monterey bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Santa Barbara Amtrak Station.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Monterey is to bus which takes 6 h 28 min and costs $3 - $12. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $50 - $130 and takes 7 h 6 min, you could also fly, which costs $140 - $750 and takes 7 h.

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There is no direct flight from Santa Barbara Airport to Monterey Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 43 min and has one stopover.

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Santa Barbara to Monterey bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Salinas Amtrak Station.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Monterey.
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  • Distance: 195.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 28 min

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

Amtrak operates a bus from Santa Barbara to Monterey 3 times a day, and the journey takes 5 h 10 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Monterey once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $120 and the journey takes 5 h 48 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via San Francisco, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Denver, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
8 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
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
5 h 48 min
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
2 h 11 min
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
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
5 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
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
Night bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Salinas, Ca
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$27 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Santa Barbara Airbus
Website
sbairbus.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
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
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $50
Schedules at
montereyairbus.com
Shuttle from San Jose International Airport to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
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 Monterey is 251 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 17 min to drive from Santa Barbara to Monterey.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Santa Barbara Airport to Monterey Airport.

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There are 272+ hotels available in Monterey. Prices start at $84 USD per night.

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

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