There are 10 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Sacramento 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, bus  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Francisco (SFO) SBA - SFO
  2. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca

$192 - $427

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  10 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Emeryville Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the train from Emeryville Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak Capitol Corridor / ...

$25

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Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Sacramento  •  5 h 42 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

Train to Burbank, fly to Sacramento  •  5 h 46 min

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

$141 - $372

Bus to Long Beach, fly to Sacramento  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
  2. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to Sacramento (SMF) LGB - SMF

$119 - $300

Train to Santa Ana, fly to Sacramento  •  9 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Sacramento (SMF) SNA - SMF

$188 - $473

Train, train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to Sacramento  •  8 h 29 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  •  9 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6731 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Sacramento, Ca 1446

$56 - $137

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

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Sacramento is to bus and train which costs $25 and takes 10 h 21 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Sacramento is to bus and fly which costs $110 - $290 and takes 5 h 42 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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It takes approximately 5 h 56 min to get from Santa Barbara to Sacramento, including transfers.

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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 Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 50 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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Santa Barbara to Sacramento train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at King Street Station.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Sacramento.
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  • Distance: 306.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 56 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 Los Angeles, Ca in around 9 h 50 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 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Burbank to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Long Beach to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Santa Ana to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Santa Ana to Sacramento via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to Sacramento via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
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 Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $470
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
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 Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Room
$170 - $240
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 Emeryville Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25
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
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
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

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