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

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Bus Amtrak  •  7 h 6 min

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

$37 - $96

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  8 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6742 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 to S 2nd & E Santa Clara 17

$36 - $84

6 alternative options

Train  •  8 h 13 min

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

$59 - $148

Drive  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Sunnyvale 303.1 miles

$29 - $45

Fly Santa Barbara to San Francisco, Caltrain  •  4 h 38 min

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

$178 - $394

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to San Jose  •  5 h 38 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 - $305

Train to Burbank, fly to San Jose  •  5 h 32 min

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

$89 - $370

Fly Santa Barbara to Oakland, train  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Oakland (OAK) SBA - OAK
  2. Take the train from Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak to Santa Clara Amtrak

$68 - $369

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Sunnyvale is to drive which costs $29 - $45 and takes 5 h 9 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Sunnyvale is to fly and Caltrain which costs $170 - $400 and takes 4 h 38 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara station to Sunnyvale. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station and arriving at El Camino & Pastoria via Santa Clara & Montgomery and Santa Clara & 1St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 6 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Santa Barbara station to Sunnyvale. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station and arriving at Sunnyvale Caltrain via San Jose Diridon Caltrain. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 13 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Sunnyvale is 243 miles. The road distance is 303.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Sunnyvale without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 6 min and costs $35 - $100.

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It takes approximately 7 h 6 min to get from Santa Barbara to Sunnyvale, including transfers.

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

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Santa Barbara to Sunnyvale train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Santa Barbara Amtrak Station.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Sunnyvale is to bus which takes 7 h 6 min and costs $35 - $100. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $55 - $150 and takes 8 h 13 min.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Sunnyvale.
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  • Distance: 243.5 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 6 min

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

Amtrak operates a bus from Santa Barbara to Sunnyvale 3 times a day, and the journey takes 6 h 15 min. Greyhound USA also services this route twice daily. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Sunnyvale 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 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Corporate Flight Management
Website
contouraviation.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $310
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 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
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station 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 Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak to Santa Clara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Bus 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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $80
Bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $75
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 to S 2nd & E Santa Clara
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
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

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The quickest flight from Santa Barbara Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 13 min.

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Santa Barbara to Sunnyvale bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Jose Diridon Station.

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Santa Barbara to Sunnyvale train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Jose Diridon Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Sunnyvale is 303 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 9 min to drive from Santa Barbara to Sunnyvale.

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United Airlines offers flights from Santa Barbara Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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There are 423+ hotels available in Sunnyvale. Prices start at $99 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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