There are 4 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana by bus, train or car

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Bus  •  3 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6731 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Ana, Ca 9471 / ...

$26 - $58

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Santa Ana station Orange County Line

$7 - $10

2 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$30 - $80

Drive  •  2 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana 127.6 miles

$12 - $18

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana is to bus and train which costs $7 - $10 and takes 4 h 38 min.

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

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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.

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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.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Santa Ana is 115 miles. The road distance is 127.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana without a car is to bus which takes 3 h 7 min and costs $26 - $60.

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

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Santa Barbara to Santa Ana bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Santa Barbara, Ca station.

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Santa Barbara to Santa Ana train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Santa Barbara Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana is to bus which takes 3 h 7 min and costs $26 - $60. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $30 - $80 and takes 4 h 6 min.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana.
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  • Distance: 115.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 7 min

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.

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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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
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from L. A. Union Station station to Santa Ana station
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
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.

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Contact Details
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
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 Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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Santa Barbara to Santa Ana bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Santa Ana, Ca station.

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Santa Barbara to Santa Ana train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Santa Ana is 128 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 16 min to drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Ana.

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