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

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Train, line 788 bus  •  3h 46m

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Van Nuys Amtrak Station Pacific Surfliner / ...
  2. Take the line 788 bus from Van Nuys / Keswick to Westwood / Wilshire 788

$29 - $62

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Bus Amtrak  •  4h 13m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns to Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns R10

$1 - $3

3 alternative options

Bus Santa Barbara Airbus  •  5h 28m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA Goleta
  2. Take the bus from LAX Terminal #3 Lower Level FlyAway Stop to Westwood LAX to Westwood

$50 - $70

Drive  •  1h 35m

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica 90.9 miles

$8 - $13

Fly, line 20 bus  •  4h 54m

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Los Angeles (LAX) SBA - LAX
  2. Take the line 20 bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th

$90 - $225

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica is to bus which costs $1 - $3 and takes 4h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica is to drive which costs $8 - $13 and takes 1h 35m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara station to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station and arriving at Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns via Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 13m.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Santa Monica is 75 miles. The road distance is 90.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica without a car is to train and line 788 bus which takes 3h 46m and costs $29 - $65.

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It takes approximately 3h 46m to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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Santa Barbara to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Santa Barbara Amtrak Station.

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

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Santa Barbara to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Big Blue Bus, arrive at Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Santa Monica is 91 miles. It takes approximately 1h 35m to drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica.

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  • Distance: 74.8 miles
  • Duration: 3h 46m

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

You can take a bus from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica via Los Angeles Union Station and Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns in around 4h 13m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
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 Station to Van Nuys Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Bus operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Van Nuys / Keswick to Westwood / Wilshire
Ave. Duration
47m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th
Ave. Duration
12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
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 Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns to Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns
Ave. Duration
59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Santa Barbara Airbus
Website
sbairbus.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
sbairbus.com
LAX FlyAway
Phone
(714) 507-1170 / (310) 834-1002
Website
flylax.com
Bus from LAX Terminal #3 Lower Level FlyAway Stop to Westwood
Ave. Duration
49m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Website
LAX FlyAway

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

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There are 2469+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $108 USD per night.

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

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