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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  •  3h 16m

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

$31 - $42

Cheapest option

Bus, line 260 bus  •  3h 53m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles "Greyhound"
  2. Take the line 260 bus from Atlantic / Olympic to Fair Oaks / Dayton 260

$19 - $30

3 alternative options

Bus  •  6h 2m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Take the bus from Hollywood / Argyle to Colorado / Garfield 180/181

$69 - $80

Drive  •  1h 42m

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Pasadena 98.6 miles

$9 - $14

Fly, tram  •  3h 28m

  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

$160 - $447

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

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to Pasadena. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara and arriving at Fair Oaks / Dayton via 7th / Decatur and Atlantic / Olympic. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 53m.

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No, there is no direct train from Santa Barbara to Pasadena station. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara and arriving at Memorial Park Station via Union Station - Metro Gold Line. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 16m.

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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 3h 16m and costs $30 - $45.

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It takes approximately 3h 16m to get from Santa Barbara to Pasadena, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Pasadena is to train which takes 3h 16m and costs $30 - $45. Alternatively, you can bus and line 260 bus, which costs $19 - $30 and takes 3h 53m.

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  • Distance: 91.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 16m

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

Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles every 4 hours. Tickets cost $28 - $40 and the journey takes 2h 46m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Santa Barbara to Pasadena via Los Angeles, 7th / Decatur, Commerce Center, and Atlantic / Olympic in around 3h 53m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
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 to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Premium
$190 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from Union Station - Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
Metro Los Angeles
Bus operators
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
Bus from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $25
Flexible
$35 - $50
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Atlantic / Olympic to Fair Oaks / Dayton
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Website
Metro Los Angeles
Bus from Hollywood / Argyle to Colorado / Garfield
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Website
Metro Los Angeles
Central Coast Shuttle
Website
centralcoastshuttle.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $70
Schedules at
centralcoastshuttle.com

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The quickest flight from Santa Barbara Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 54 min.

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Santa Barbara to Pasadena bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, arrive at Fair Oaks / Dayton station.

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Santa Barbara to Pasadena train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Pasadena is 99 miles. It takes approximately 1h 42m 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 1479+ 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 7 min and costs $40 - $45.

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