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

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Bus, line 720 bus  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6731 / ...
  2. Take the line 720 bus from 7th / Decatur to Santa Monica / 4th 720

$17 - $40

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Bus  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak 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

Train, line 788 bus  •  4 h 15 min

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

$29 - $61

Drive  •  1 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica 90.9 miles

$8 - $13

Fly, line 20 bus  •  4 h 49 min

  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

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, Ca and arriving at Santa Monica / 4th via 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 39 min.

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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 bus and line 720 bus which takes 3 h 39 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 39 min to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from Santa Barbara Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 56 min.

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Santa Barbara to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, arrive at Santa Monica / 4th station.

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

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

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There are 2410+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $119 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica.
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  • Distance: 74.8 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 39 min

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, Ca and 7th / Decatur in around 3 h 39 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
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Van Nuys Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
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
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
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from 7th / Decatur to Santa Monica / 4th
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Van Nuys / Keswick to Wilshire / Veteran
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th
Ave. Duration
12 min
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.

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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
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns to Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Barbara Airport is to bus which takes 23 min and costs .

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