There are 4 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Catalina Island by bus, ferry, train 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.

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Bus Greyhound USA, ferry  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6731 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$64 - $98

3 alternative options

Train, ferry  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Pacific Surfliner / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$71 - $109

Bus Santa Barbara Airbus, ferry  •  8 h

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA Goleta
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$88 - $110

Fly, ferry  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Los Angeles (LAX) SBA - LAX
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$128 - $265

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Catalina Island is to bus and ferry which costs $60 - $100 and takes 6 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Catalina Island is to bus and ferry which costs $60 - $100 and takes 6 h 6 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Santa Catalina Island is 103 miles.

It takes approximately 6 h 6 min to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Catalina Island, including transfers.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Catalina Island.
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  • Distance: 103.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 6 min

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

There is no direct connection from Santa Barbara to Avalon. However, you can take the bus to Los Angeles, Ca, take the line 9455 bus to Long Beach, Ca, take the walk to L.B. Blvd. & 15Th Sw, take the line 51 bus to First & Shelter G S, take the walk to Long Beach, then take the ferry to Avalon. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Santa Barbara to Avalon via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak, Union Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines, 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines, 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines, Downtown Long Beach Station, and Long Beach in around 7 h 15 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Train operators
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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 Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
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
Ferry operators
Catalina Express
Catalina Tours
Website
catalinatours.net
Ferry from Long Beach to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
catalinatours.net

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