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

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Bus  •  5 h

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

$28 - $70

6 alternative options

Train  •  5 h 48 min

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

$45 - $120

Drive  •  3 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Salinas 233.6 miles

$22 - $35

Fly Santa Barbara to Monterey  •  7 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Monterey (MRY) SBA - MRY

$142 - $706

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Monterey  •  6 h 8 min

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

$131 - $339

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to San Jose, bus  •  6 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJC) LAX - SJC
  3. Take the bus from San Jose Airport - USO Club to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8

$121 - $307

Fly Santa Barbara to San Francisco, Caltrain, night bus  •  6 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Francisco (SFO) SBA - SFO
  2. Take the Caltrain from Millbrae Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  3. Take the night bus from San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Salinas is to drive which costs $22 - $35 and takes 3 h 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Salinas is to drive which costs $22 - $35 and takes 3 h 55 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Salinas is 192 miles. The road distance is 233.6 miles.

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The bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Salinas, Ca takes 5 h including transfers and departs hourly.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santa Barbara, Ca and arriving at Salinas, Ca. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak and arriving at Salinas Amtrak. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 48 min.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Salinas is to bus which takes 5 h and costs $28 - $70. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $45 - $120 and takes 5 h 48 min, You could also fly, which costs $140 - $750 and takes 7 h 33 min..

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Santa Barbara to Salinas train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at King Street Station.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Salinas.
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  • Distance: 192 miles
  • Duration: 5 h

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

Greyhound USA operates a bus from Santa Barbara to Salinas hourly. Tickets cost $28 - $70 and the journey takes 5 h. Amtrak also services this route 3 times a day. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Salinas once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $120 and the journey takes 5 h 48 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via San Francisco, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Monterey via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Room
$220 - $310
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.

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 Salinas, Ca
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$28 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
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 Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h
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 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
sbairbus.com
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from San Jose Airport - USO Club to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 8
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12
Schedules at
mst.org

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