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There are 5 ways to get from Santa Barbara to Universal Studios, Hollywood by train, bus, car, plane or subway

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Train  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Burbank Amtrak Pacific Surfliner / ...

$31 - $62

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Bus  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Figueroa at Chapala to Pacific View Mall
  2. Take the bus from Pacific View Mall to Warner Center Loop 1
  3. Take the bus from Topanga Canyon / Oxnard to Universal / Studio City Station 750

$3 - $9

3 alternative options

Bus, line 901 bus  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Take the bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Victory / Woodley
  3. Take the line 901 bus from Woodley Station to North Hollywood Station 901

$54 - $72

Drive  •  1 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to Universal Studios, Hollywood 86.8 miles

$8 - $13

Fly, subway  •  4 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Los Angeles (LAX) SBA - LAX
  2. Take the subway from Union Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines to Universal / Studio City Station

$82 - $214

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to Universal Studios, Hollywood is to bus which costs $3 - $9 and takes 5 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to Universal Studios, Hollywood is to drive which costs $8 - $13 and takes 1 h 33 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to Universal Studios, Hollywood. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, CA and arriving at Lankershim / Valleyheart via Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal, Woodley Station and Lankershim / Chandler. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 29 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and Universal Studios, Hollywood is 80 miles. The road distance is 86.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Universal Studios, Hollywood without a car is to train which takes 3 h 34 min and costs $30 - $65.

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It takes approximately 3 h 34 min to get from Santa Barbara to Universal Studios, Hollywood, including transfers.

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Santa Barbara to Universal Studios, Hollywood bus services, operated by Santa Barbara Airbus, depart from Santa Barbara, CA station.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Universal Studios, Hollywood is to train which takes 3 h 34 min and costs $30 - $65. Alternatively, you can bus and line 901 bus, which costs $50 - $75 and takes 4 h 29 min.

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The quickest flight from Santa Barbara Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Santa Barbara to Universal Studios, Hollywood bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, arrive at North Hollywood Station.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to Universal Studios, Hollywood.
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  • Distance: 79.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 34 min

What companies run services between Santa Barbara, CA, USA and Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to Universal Studios, Hollywood every 4 hours. Tickets cost $28 - $65 and the journey takes 2 h 11 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Santa Barbara to Universal Studios, Hollywood via Los Angeles Airport, CA, Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal, Victory / Woodley, Woodley Station, North Hollywood Station, Lankershim / Chandler, and Lankershim / Valleyheart in around 4 h 29 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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
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
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Subway from Union Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines to Universal / Studio City Station
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus operators
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
LAX FlyAway
Phone
(714) 507-1170 / (310) 834-1002
Website
flylax.com
Bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Victory / Woodley
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Website
LAX FlyAway
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Woodley Station to North Hollywood Station
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Topanga Canyon / Oxnard to Universal / Studio City Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Ventura County Transportation Commission
Phone
(800) 438-1112
Website
goventura.org
Bus from Figueroa at Chapala to Pacific View Mall
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
Ventura County Transportation Commission
Bus from Pacific View Mall to Warner Center Loop 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
Ventura County Transportation Commission

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to Universal Studios, Hollywood is 87 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 33 min to drive from Santa Barbara to Universal Studios, Hollywood.

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

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There are 2481+ hotels available in Universal Studios, Hollywood. Prices start at $110 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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