Travel within United States is: Fully open. See details.

There are 9 ways to get from Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO) by plane, bus, train, subway 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  •  2h 33m

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

$160 - $535

Cheapest option

Train, Caltrain  •  9h 22m

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara to San Jose Coast Starlight
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain Ltd A / ...

$59 - $83

7 alternative options

Bus to Santa Maria, fly to San Francisco  •  3h 25m

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

$215 - $2,761

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to San Francisco  •  5h 10m

  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

$95 - $237

Train to Burbank, fly to San Francisco  •  5h

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara to Burbank Amtrak
  2. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to San Francisco (SFO) BUR - SFO

$129 - $361

Fly Santa Barbara to Oakland, BART  •  3h 58m

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Oakland (OAK) SBA - OAK
  2. Take the BART from West Oakland to San Francisco International Airport

$177 - $467

Bus via Oakland  •  7h 54m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Train Station to Oakland 2005

Bus  •  8h 52m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara to San Francisco Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  5h 32m

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO) 326.5 miles

$30 - $50

Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO) by buses

The bus journey time between Santa Barbara and San Francisco Airport (SFO) is around 8h 52m and covers a distance of around 370 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 8h 43m. Operated by Amtrak and SamTrans, the Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus service departs from Santa Barbara and arrives in SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level. Typically seven buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
8h 52m
Fastest bus time:
8h 43m
Buses per week:
7
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
73 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
11:50
Last bus departs at:
11:50

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus schedules

Santa Barbara → San Francisco Airport (SFO)
Fully open

Travel safe during COVID-19

Rules to follow in United States

2m

Recommended

Travel within United States

Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine
Nationwide control measures in place

COVID-19 help in United States

If you need help, visit the national COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Helpline 800-232-4636

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, travel within United States is currently allowed.

Explore travel options

Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine
  • Nationwide control measures in place

Explore travel options

The national COVID-19 helpline number in San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in San Francisco Airport (SFO) is recommended.

The social distance requirement in San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800-232-4636.

Last updated: 8 Jun 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Centers for Disease control and prevention (CDC).

We're working around the clock to bring you the latest COVID-19 travel updates.
This information is compiled from official sources. To the best of our knowledge, it is correct as of the last update.
Visit Rome2rio travel advice for general help.

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5h 32m.

More details

The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to fly which costs $160 - $550 and takes 2h 33m.

More details

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO). However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara and arriving at SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level via Mission St & 1st St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 52m.

More details

No, there is no direct train from Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO). However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara and arriving at San Francisco International Airport via San Jose Diridon Caltrain and Millbrae. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 22m.

More details

The distance between Santa Barbara and San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 269 miles. The road distance is 326.5 miles.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO) without a car is to bus via Oakland which takes 7h 54m and costs .

More details

It takes approximately 2h 33m to get from Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO), including transfers.

More details

Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Santa Barbara station.

More details

Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO) train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Santa Barbara station.

More details

The best way to get from Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to fly which takes 2h 33m and costs $160 - $550. Alternatively, you can bus via Oakland, which costs and takes 7h 54m, you could also train and Caltrain, which costs $55 - $85 and takes 9h 22m.

Mode details

Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO).
Launch map view
  • Distance: 268.6 miles
  • Duration: 2h 33m

What companies run services between Santa Barbara, CA, USA and San Francisco Airport (SFO), USA?

United Airlines flies from Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO) every 3 hours. Alternatively, FlixBus-us operates a bus from Santa Barbara Train Station to Oakland 5 times a week, and the journey takes 6h 55m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Santa Maria to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $240
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $220
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $220
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $220
Flights from Santa Barbara to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $240
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $280
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $250
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara to Burbank Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from Santa Barbara to San Jose
Ave. Duration
7h 31m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Premium
$220 - $310
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $130
Business Seat
$85 - $120
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from West Oakland to San Francisco International Airport
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Website
bart.gov
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Central Coast Shuttle
Website
centralcoastshuttle.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Santa Maria Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $65
Schedules at
centralcoastshuttle.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $70
Schedules at
centralcoastshuttle.com
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Train Station to Oakland
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
flixbus.com
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 to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
amtrak.com

Want to know more about travelling around United States

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Santa Barbara Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 26m.

Search flights

Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Francisco station.

More details

Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO) train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at Millbrae Caltrain station.

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 327 miles. It takes approximately 5h 32m to drive from Santa Barbara to San Francisco Airport (SFO).

Get driving directions

United Airlines offers flights from Santa Barbara Airport to San Francisco Airport.

Search flights

There are 429+ hotels available in San Francisco Airport (SFO). Prices start at $100 USD per night.

More details

The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Barbara Airport is to bus which takes 7 min and costs $40 - $45.

More details