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There are 6 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Salinas by bus, train, car, plane or night bus

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Bus  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Salinas Amtrak Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service / ...

$27 - $65

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Train  •  5 h 48 min

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

$45 - $120

Drive  •  3 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Salinas 233.6 miles

$22 - $35

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to Monterey  •  6 h 27 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

Fly Santa Barbara to San Francisco, Caltrain, night bus  •  6 h 52 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 to Salinas Amtrak Station

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to San Jose, bus  •  7 h 9 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

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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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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station station and arriving at Salinas Amtrak Station station. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station station and arriving at Salinas Amtrak Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 48 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 best way to get from Santa Barbara to Salinas without a car is to bus which takes 5 h 10 min and costs $27 - $65.

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The bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Salinas Amtrak Station takes 5 h 10 min including transfers and departs five times a day.

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

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

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Salinas is to bus which takes 5 h 10 min and costs $27 - $65. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $45 - $120 and takes 5 h 48 min.

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  • Distance: 192 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 10 min

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

Amtrak operates a bus from Santa Barbara to Salinas 3 times a day, and the journey takes 5 h 10 min. Greyhound USA also services this route twice daily. 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 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 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 25 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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Salinas Amtrak Station
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
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
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Salinas Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from San Jose Diridon Station to Salinas Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.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 Salinas, Ca
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$27 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $65
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
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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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to Monterey Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Salinas is 234 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 55 min to drive from Santa Barbara to Salinas.

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United Airlines offers flights from Los Angeles Airport to Monterey Airport.

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There are 172+ hotels available in Salinas. 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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