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

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Tram, fly to Santa Barbara  •  4h 14m

  1. Take the tram from McClintock/Apache Blvd to 44th St/Washington
  2. Fly from Phoenix (PHX) to Santa Barbara (SBA) PHX - SBA

$78 - $174

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Bus  •  11h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Tempe to LA Downtown FlixBus
  2. Take the bus from LA Downtown to Santa Barbara FlixBus

$19 - $37

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Fly to Los Angeles, bus  •  6h 23m

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

$127 - $297

Fly to Burbank, train  •  6h 46m

  1. Fly from Phoenix (PHX) to Burbank (BUR) PHX - BUR
  2. Take the train from Burbank Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station

$116 - $294

Bus, train  •  11h 16m

  1. Take the bus from Phoenix, AZ to Los Angeles, CA Arizona
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station Pacific Surfliner / ...

$73 - $104

Bus via 3rd St/Washington  •  12h 49m

  1. Take the bus from Phoenix, Az to Los Angeles, Ca 1351 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca 6742 / ...

$58 - $86

Amtrak Thruway, train  •  13h 53m

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Tempe, AZ to Maricopa Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Maricopa Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
  3. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station

$82 - $115

Drive  •  7h 46m

  1. Drive from Tempe to Santa Barbara 480.5 miles

$45 - $70

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The cheapest way to get from Tempe to Santa Barbara is to bus which costs $19 - $40 and takes 11h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Tempe to Santa Barbara is to tram and fly which costs $75 - $180 and takes 4h 14m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Tempe to Santa Barbara. However, there are services departing from Tempe and arriving at Santa Barbara via LA Downtown. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 15m.

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The distance between Tempe and Santa Barbara is 454 miles. The road distance is 480.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Tempe to Santa Barbara without a car is to bus which takes 11h 15m and costs $19 - $40.

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It takes approximately 4h 14m to get from Tempe to Santa Barbara, including transfers.

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Tempe to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from Tempe station.

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The quickest flight from Phoenix Airport to Santa Barbara Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 28m.

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Tempe to Santa Barbara bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at Santa Barbara station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Tempe to Santa Barbara is 481 miles. It takes approximately 7h 46m to drive from Tempe to Santa Barbara.

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  • Distance: 454.5 miles
  • Duration: 4h 14m

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

You can take a bus from Tempe to Santa Barbara via LA Downtown in around 11h 15m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Phoenix to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $480
Flights from Phoenix to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Phoenix to Burbank via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Phoenix to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $300
Flights from Phoenix to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $400
Flights from Phoenix to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $430
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Phoenix to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Phoenix to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $440
Train operators
Valley Metro
Phone
(602) 253-5000
Email
csr@valleymetro.org
Website
valleymetro.org
Tram from McClintock/Apache Blvd to 44th St/Washington
Ave. Duration
20m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
Valley Metro
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 Burbank Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Premium
$190 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Seat
$40 - $60
Train from Maricopa Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
8h 33m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Premium
$240 - $330
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Seat
$100 - $150
Bus operators
Santa Barbara Airbus
Website
sbairbus.com
Bus from Los Angeles Airport, CA to Santa Barbara, CA
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
sbairbus.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Tempe to LA Downtown
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Bus from LA Downtown to Santa Barbara
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $13
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from Phoenix, AZ to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
xedohoang.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 Phoenix, Az to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $100
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Barbara, Ca
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$35 - $55
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 Tempe, AZ to Maricopa Amtrak
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
3 times a week
Website
amtrak.com

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