There are 5 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana by bus, train, car or plane

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

Bus  •  3 h 7 min

  1. 6731 / ...
  2. 9471 / ...

$26 - $58

Cheapest option

Amtrak Thruway, train  •  4 h 41 min

  1. 4591
  2. Orange County Line

$8 - $12

3 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Pacific Surfliner

$30 - $80

Drive  •  2 h 16 min

  1. 127.6 miles

$12 - $18

Fly, train  •  5 h 42 min

  1. SBA - LAX

$110 - $268

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

You can take a bus from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana via Los Angeles, Ca in around 3 h 7 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana 5 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $80 and the journey takes 4 h 6 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
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 Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
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 Santa Ana, Ca
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Santa Barbara and Santa Ana is 185 km. The road distance is 204 km.

The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana is to Amtrak Thruway and train which costs $8 - $12 and takes 4 h 41 min.

The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana is to drive which takes 2 h 16 min and costs $12 - $18.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak and arriving at Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 6 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, Ca and arriving at Santa Ana, Ca via Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 7 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 7 min to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana, including transfers.