There are 7 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Oakland by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Santa Barbara to San Francisco  •  3 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Francisco (SFO) SBA - SFO

$178 - $392

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Bus  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Oakland, Ca 6766 / ...

$35 - $90

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Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Oakland  •  4 h 53 min

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

$93 - $256

Train to Burbank, fly to Oakland  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Burbank Amtrak
  2. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to Oakland (OAK) BUR - OAK

$133 - $491

Amtrak Thruway to Bakersfield, fly to San Francisco  •  6 h 37 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Santa Barbara, CA to Bakersfield, CA
  2. Fly from Bakersfield (BFL) to San Francisco (SFO) BFL - SFO

$246 - $465

Train  •  8 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Oakland Jack London Square Station Coast Starlight

$60 - $160

Drive  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Oakland 331.6 miles

$30 - $50

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

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Oakland is to fly which costs $170 - $400 and takes 3 h 54 min.

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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.

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

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Oakland is 276 miles. The road distance is 331.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Oakland without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 25 min and costs $35 - $90.

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It takes approximately 3 h 54 min to get from Santa Barbara to Oakland, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Oakland is to fly which takes 3 h 54 min and costs $170 - $400. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $90 and takes 8 h 25 min, you could also train, which costs $60 - $160 and takes 8 h 44 min.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Oakland.
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  • Distance: 275.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 54 min

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 once daily.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Los Angeles to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Bakersfield to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $800
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
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
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 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
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
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 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 Santa Barbara Amtrak to Oakland Jack London Square Station
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
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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The quickest flight from Santa Barbara Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Santa Barbara to Oakland bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Oakland, Ca station.

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Santa Barbara to Oakland train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Oakland Jack London Square Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Oakland is 332 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 37 min to drive from Santa Barbara to Oakland.

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United Airlines offers flights from Santa Barbara Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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There are 612+ hotels available in Oakland. Prices start at $110 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 $1 - $2.

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