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

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Train  •  3 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station Pacific Surfliner / ...

$32 - $67

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Bus Amtrak  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

$3 - $6

3 alternative options

Bus Santa Barbara Airbus  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA Goleta

$50 - $70

Drive  •  1 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Pasadena 98.6 miles

$9 - $14

Fly, tram  •  4 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Los Angeles (LAX) SBA - LAX
  2. Take the tram from Union Station - Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station

$82 - $214

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Pasadena is to bus which costs $2 - $6 and takes 4 h 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Pasadena is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1 h 42 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara station to Pasadena. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station and arriving at Fair Oaks / Colorado via Cesar E Chavez / Alameda and Atlantic / Pine. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 11 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Pasadena is 91 miles. The road distance is 98.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Pasadena without a car is to train which takes 3 h 14 min and costs $30 - $70.

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It takes approximately 3 h 14 min to get from Santa Barbara to Pasadena, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Pasadena is to train which takes 3 h 14 min and costs $30 - $70. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $2 - $6 and takes 4 h 11 min.

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The quickest flight from Santa Barbara Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 1 min.

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Santa Barbara to Pasadena bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station.

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  • Distance: 91.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 14 min

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

Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Pasadena every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $65 and the journey takes 2 h 46 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a bus from Santa Barbara to Pasadena once daily, and the journey takes 2 h 40 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $230
Metro Los Angeles
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
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

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Pasadena is 99 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 42 min to drive from Santa Barbara to Pasadena.

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

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There are 1820+ hotels available in Pasadena. Prices start at $100 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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