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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly Santa Barbara to San Francisco  •  3 h 55 min

  1. SBA - SFO

$178 - $392

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 25 min

  1. 6766 / ...

$35 - $90

4 alternative options

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Oakland  •  4 h 58 min

  1. LAX - OAK

$93 - $256

Train to Burbank, fly to Oakland  •  5 h 2 min

  1. BUR - OAK

$133 - $491

Train  •  8 h 44 min

  1. Coast Starlight

$60 - $160

Drive  •  5 h 37 min

  1. 331.6 miles

$30 - $50

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

United Airlines flies from Santa Barbara to Oakland every 4 hours. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Santa Barbara to Oakland hourly. Tickets cost $35 - $90 and the journey takes 8 h 25 min. Amtrak also services this route 3 times a day.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $440
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Burbank Bob Hope Airport 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
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Oakland Jack London Square Station
Ave. Duration
8 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $370
Bus operators
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
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $90

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Santa Barbara and Oakland is 441 km. The road distance is 531 km.

The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Oakland is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 37 min.

The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Oakland is to fly which takes 3 h 55 min and costs $170 - $400.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak and arriving at Oakland Jack London Square Station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 44 min.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santa Barbara, Ca and arriving at Oakland, Ca. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 25 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 55 min to get from Santa Barbara to Oakland, including transfers.