There are 7 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Stanford University by plane, train, bus or car

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Recommended option

Fly Santa Barbara to San Francisco, Caltrain  •  4 h 50 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 - $395

Cheapest option

Amtrak Thruway, bus  •  10 h 19 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Santa Barbara, CA to Gilroy, CA 4784
  2. Take the bus from Gilroy Caltrain Station to 1St & Santa Clara 68 / ...

$4 - $9

5 alternative options

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to San Jose  •  5 h 56 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

$114 - $302

Train to Burbank, fly to San Jose  •  6 h

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

$89 - $367

Bus  •  8 h 35 min

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

$38 - $87

Train  •  8 h 40 min

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

$59 - $148

Drive  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Stanford University 311.3 miles

$30 - $45

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 twice daily. 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 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Train operators
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Millbrae Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Burbank Bob Hope Airport 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 Amtrak
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
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
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
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to San Jose, CA
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Gilroy, CA
Ave. Duration
6 h 26 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Santa Clara VTA
Website
vta.org
Bus from Gilroy Caltrain Station to 1St & Santa Clara
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
vta.org
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Monterey / Gilroy Train Station to E San Fernando / 1st Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
mst.org

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Santa Barbara and Stanford University is 402 km. The road distance is 498 km.

The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Stanford University is to Amtrak Thruway and bus which costs $4 - $10 and takes 10 h 19 min.

The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Stanford University is to fly and Caltrain which takes 4 h 50 min and costs $170 - $400.

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.

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to Stanford University. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, CA and arriving at Tresidder Union via Gilroy Caltrain Station, Santa Clara & 1St and Caltrain University Circle. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 19 min.

It takes approximately 4 h 50 min to get from Santa Barbara to Stanford University, including transfers.