There are 7 ways to get from Santa Barbara to San Francisco 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  •  3 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Francisco (SFO) SBA - SFO

$176 - $391

Cheapest option

Amtrak Thruway  •  9 h 19 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Santa Barbara, CA to Oakland, CA - Jack London 4796 / ...

$2 - $4

5 alternative options

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to San Francisco  •  4 h 57 min

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

$115 - $304

Train to Burbank, fly to Oakland  •  5 h 13 min

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

$134 - $491

Bus  •  8 h 55 min

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

$35 - $95

Train  •  9 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Oakland Jack London Square Station Coast Starlight

$62 - $160

Drive  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to San Francisco 339.6 miles

$30 - $50

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to San Francisco is to Amtrak Thruway which costs $2 - $4 and takes 9 h 19 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to San Francisco is to fly which takes 3 h 38 min and costs $170 - $400.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and San Francisco is 446 km. The road distance is 543 km.

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It takes approximately 3 h 38 min to get from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santa Barbara, Ca and arriving at San Francisco, Ca. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 55 min.

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

United Airlines flies from Santa Barbara to San Francisco every 4 hours. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Santa Barbara to San Francisco hourly. Tickets cost $35 - $95 and the journey takes 8 h 55 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
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 San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco via Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco via San Luis Obispo County Apt
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Train operators
Amtrak
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 Oakland Jack London Square Station
Ave. Duration
8 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $370
Bus operators
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
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $95

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