There are 8 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Stanford University by plane, train, bus or car

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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Fly Santa Barbara to San Francisco, Caltrain  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Francisco (SFO) SBA - SFO
  2. Take the Caltrain from Millbrae Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain

$178 - $392

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA  •  8 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to San Jose, Ca 6742 / ...

$39 - $88

6 alternative options

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to San Jose  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJC) LAX - SJC

$116 - $304

Train to Burbank, fly to San Jose  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Burbank Amtrak
  2. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to San Jose (SJC) BUR - SJC

$91 - $369

Amtrak Thruway to Bakersfield, fly to San Francisco  •  7 h 17 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Santa Barbara, CA to Bakersfield, CA
  2. Fly from Bakersfield (BFL) to San Francisco (SFO) BFL - SFO

$246 - $465

Train  •  8 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station Coast Starlight

$60 - $149

Bus Amtrak  •  9 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Stanford University 311.3 miles

$30 - $45

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Stanford University is to drive which costs $30 - $45 and takes 5 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Stanford University is to fly and Caltrain which costs $170 - $400 and takes 4 h 33 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Santa Barbara to Stanford University. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak and arriving at Palo Alto Caltrain via San Jose Diridon Caltrain. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 40 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Stanford University is 251 miles. The road distance is 311.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Stanford University without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 35 min and costs $35 - $90.

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It takes approximately 4 h 33 min to get from Santa Barbara to Stanford University, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Stanford University is to bus which takes 8 h 35 min and costs $35 - $90. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $60 - $150 and takes 8 h 40 min.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Stanford University.
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  • Distance: 251 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 33 min

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

Greyhound USA operates a bus from Santa Barbara to Stanford University hourly. Tickets cost $30 - $85 and the journey takes 7 h 15 min. Amtrak also services this route 3 times a day. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Stanford University once daily. Tickets cost $55 - $150 and the journey takes 7 h 31 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Bakersfield to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $800
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
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 Burbank Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Room
$250 - $350
Bus operators
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
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, CA to Bakersfield, CA
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.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.

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 San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $85

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