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There are 10 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Sacramento by bus, plane, train, night bus 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.

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Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Sacramento  •  5 h 37 min

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

$116 - $287

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Night bus, train  •  11 h 4 min

  1. Take the night bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Oakland Jack London Square Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Sacramento Amtrak Capitol Corridor / ...

$28 - $60

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Train to Burbank, fly to Sacramento  •  5 h 26 min

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

$141 - $372

Fly Santa Barbara to San Francisco, train  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Francisco (SFO) SBA - SFO
  2. Take the train from Richmond Transit Station to Sacramento Amtrak

$206 - $456

Fly Santa Barbara to Oakland, train  •  6 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Oakland (OAK) SBA - OAK
  2. Take the train from Oakland Coliseum Station Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak

$72 - $384

Train to Long Beach, fly to Sacramento  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to Sacramento (SMF) LGB - SMF

$128 - $313

Train, train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Sacramento  •  8 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ontario Amtrak
  3. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to Sacramento (SMF) ONT - SMF

$186 - $424

Bus  •  10 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Oakland, Ca 6766 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca 8320 / ...

$52 - $125

Train  •  11 h 19 min

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

$70 - $190

Drive  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Sacramento 401.5 miles

$35 - $60

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Sacramento is to night bus and train which costs $28 - $60 and takes 11 h 4 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Sacramento is to train and fly which costs $140 - $380 and takes 5 h 26 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to Sacramento. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, Ca and arriving at Sacramento, Ca via Oakland, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 55 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak and arriving at Sacramento Amtrak. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11 h 19 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Sacramento is 306 miles. The road distance is 401.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Sacramento without a car is to bus which takes 10 h 55 min and costs $50 - $130.

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It takes approximately 5 h 37 min to get from Santa Barbara to Sacramento, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Sacramento is to bus which takes 10 h 55 min and costs $50 - $130. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $70 - $190 and takes 11 h 19 min.

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  • Distance: 306.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 37 min

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

You can take a bus from Santa Barbara to Sacramento via Oakland, Ca in around 10 h 55 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Sacramento once daily. Tickets cost $70 - $190 and the journey takes 11 h 19 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Burbank to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Long Beach to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Long Beach to Sacramento via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $470
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Corporate Flight Management
Website
contouraviation.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $310
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 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 Richmond Transit Station to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Train from Oakland Coliseum Station Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
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
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ontario Amtrak
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
11 h 19 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $190
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Room
$300 - $420
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $220
Bus operators
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
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $90
Bus from Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
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
Night bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Oakland Jack London Square Station
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to Sacramento Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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

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Santa Barbara to Sacramento train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Sacramento Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Sacramento is 402 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 45 min to drive from Santa Barbara to Sacramento.

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United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Los Angeles Airport to Sacramento Airport.

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There are 133+ hotels available in Sacramento. Prices start at $71 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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