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

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Bus ACN Autobuses  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6731 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles to Tijuana Centro 417 Santa Rosa / ...

Cheapest option

Bus Tufesa  •  7 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Downtown Los Angeles to Tijuana La / ...

$25 - $68

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Train, bus  •  7 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the bus from Santa Ana to Tijuana Centro 417 Santa Rosa / ...

Drive  •  4 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Tijuana 238.7 miles

$23 - $35

Fly Santa Barbara to San Diego, tram, bus  •  7 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Diego (SAN) SBA - SAN
  2. Take the tram from America Plaza Station to San Ysidro/Intl Border
  3. Take the bus from San Ysidro to Tijuana

$134 - $708

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to San Diego, tram, bus  •  6 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Diego (SAN) LAX - SAN
  3. Take the tram from America Plaza Station to San Ysidro/Intl Border
  4. Take the bus from San Ysidro to Tijuana

$158 - $451

Bus to Los Angeles, fly to El Centro, bus  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to El Centro (IPL) LAX - IPL
  3. Take the bus from Mexicali to Tijuana

$92 - $196

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Tijuana is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 4 h 4 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Tijuana is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 4 h 4 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to Tijuana. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, Ca and arriving at Tijuana Centro via Los Angeles. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 14 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Tijuana is 205 miles. The road distance is 238.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Tijuana without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 14 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 14 min to get from Santa Barbara to Tijuana, including transfers.

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

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There is no direct flight from Santa Barbara Airport to San Diego Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 1 min and has one stopover.

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Santa Barbara to Tijuana bus services, operated by ACN Autobuses, arrive at Tijuana Centro station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Tijuana is 239 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 4 min to drive from Santa Barbara to Tijuana.

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  • Distance: 205.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 14 min

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

You can take a bus from Santa Barbara to Tijuana via Los Angeles, Ca and Los Angeles in around 6 h 14 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Mokulele
Website
mokuleleairlines.com
Flights from Los Angeles to El Centro
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $180
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 to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Room
$170 - $240
San Diego Metro Transit
Phone
+1 619-233-3004
Website
sdmts.com
Tram from America Plaza Station to San Ysidro/Intl Border
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sdmts.com
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from San Ysidro, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $16
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$8 - $11
Flexible
$12 - $16
ACN Autobuses
Phone
(01)66429904887
Email
clientes@acnautobuses.com
Website
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Los Angeles to Tijuana Centro
Ave. Duration
3 h 9 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Santa Ana to Tijuana Centro
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
acnautobuses.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
+1 215-856-7924
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
Tufesa
Phone
7022546899
Email
serviciosvegas@hotmail.com
Website
tufesabus.com
Bus from Downtown Los Angeles to Tijuana
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $65
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Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Ysidro to Tijuana
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $50
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
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
ABC
Website
abc.com.mx
Bus from Mexicali to Tijuana
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
reservamos.mx
Book at
reservamos.mx
Aguacaliente
Phone
6646212955
Email
atencionaclientes@autobusesaguacaliente.com.mx
Website
autobusesaguacaliente.com.mx
Bus from Mexicali to Tijuana
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
autobusesaguacaliente.com.mx

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Santa Barbara Airport to San Diego Airport.

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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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