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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 Santa Barbara Airbus, ferry  •  6 h 46 min

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

$91 - $108

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Bus Greyhound USA, ferry  •  7 h 14 min

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

$56 - $82

2 alternative options

Train, ferry  •  6 h 59 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

Fly, ferry  •  7 h 14 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 $55 - $85 and takes 7 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Catalina Island is to bus and ferry which costs $90 - $110 and takes 6 h 46 min.

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

The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Catalina Island without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 6 h 46 min and costs $90 - $110.

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It takes approximately 6 h 46 min to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Catalina Island, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Santa Barbara Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 2 min.

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United Airlines offers flights from Santa Barbara Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 13+ hotels available in Santa Catalina Island. Prices start at $118 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Barbara Airport is to bus which takes 22 min and costs $1 - $2.

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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 46 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 Airport, CA, take the walk to Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal, take the bus to Downtown Long Beach Station, take the walk to Long Beach Blvd & 3Rd St Sw, take the line 46 bus to First & Shelter B N, 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 6 h 59 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
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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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $230
Bus operators
Santa Barbara Airbus
Website
sbairbus.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
sbairbus.com
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
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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