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Journey Summary

Los Angeles to Santa Barbara Train Information

Avg. Train Duration
2 hours 25 minutes
Train Ticket Price: $26
Trains depart from:Los Angeles
Trains arrive in:Santa Barbara
Distance:140 km
Train Companies:Amtrak

Trains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

A train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara promises a fantastic view of the West Coast as you journey from one iconic California city to another. Passengers can expect to arrive in Santa Barbara in, on average, 2 hours and 25 minutes after leaving the City of Angels. However, as there is an average of only six train services a day, it is recommended that passengers book in advance. Adventure lovers would be wise to book on a Pacific Surfliner route, which has luggage storage, perfect for stowing bikes and surfboards. A short journey duration and early departure time makes the trip from Los Angeles to one of California's most beautiful beaches easy.

Which train companies travel from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

Amtrak provides the service from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara with two services on this line: the Pacific Surfliner and the Coast Starlight. Trains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara on the Pacific Surfliner route are among the most beautiful routes in the United States. Train journeys follow the west coast to view the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Surfliner provides dedicated racks for those want to take their surfboards or bikes onboard. There is a special dining carriage with panoramic windows allowing for fantastic views of the West Coast. There's WiFi connectivity throughout the train. The Coast Starlight train connects all the major cities of the west coast, including Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, with many stops in between. Coast Starlight services have both business and leisure coaches as standard, with sleeper services. There are two dining carriages on every Coast Starlight train.

How long is the train ride from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

Santa Barbara is 117 miles away from Los Angeles. The average journey duration of a train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is 2 hours and 30 minutes. The Amtrak Coast Starlight service has the fastest duration on average. Coast Starlight services have an average journey duration of 2 hours and 25 minutes. All Coast Starlight trains arrive in Santa Barbara from Los Angeles in less than 2 hours and 30 minutes. Pacific Surfliner services are typically longer than Coast Starlight services, with an average journey duration of 2 hours and 34 minutes. However, although the Pacific Surfliner is slightly longer, it promises beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.

How many trains are there from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

Each day there are approximately six Amtrak services from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. Half of these are Pacific Surfliner services and the other half are Coast Starlight services. Every train Amtrak offers from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is a direct route. The first train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara departs shortly after 4:00 a.m. each day, and the last train departs just after 7:00 p.m. each evening,

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?

Departure station: All trains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara depart from Los Angeles Union Station, in the heart of Los Angeles. The station is fully accessible to passengers in wheelchairs or those with limited mobility. Ramps connect the concourse with the ticket office and there are elevators on every platform. Accessible washrooms are available throughout. Passengers can relax in lounges before departure. There are Quik-Trak kiosks throughout the station for passenger convenience. One thing passengers should look out for is art in Union Station. Great artists collaborate with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to place works on view in the station, as part of the Los Angeles Metro Art project. Amtrak advises that all passengers must arrive at Los Angeles Union Station a minimum of 30 minutes before scheduled departure. If passengers require further assistance, they must arrive at least 45 minutes before trains are set to depart.

Arrival station: All trains from Los Angeles arrive at Santa Barbara Amtrak Station, in Santa Barbara's city center and only a 10 minute walk away from the beach. Passengers who travel on a Pacific Surfliner service can enjoy a free ride on a shuttle bus or electric bus to their destination in Santa Barbara, courtesy of Amtrak. Santa Barbara Amtrak Station is fully staffed, and the ticket office is open every day. Santa Barbara Station is fully accessible, and there is no high platform, so no elevator is required. There are ramps throughout the station to facilitate access to the ticket office and platforms. Other facilities include Quik-Trak kiosks and vending machines.

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Trains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara
Travel by train to Santa Barbara easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara.
FAQs
How much do cheap train tickets to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles cost?
Train tickets to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $22 (€18)  one way in the next 7 days.
What is the cost of a train to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles?
If you’re looking to purchase your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Los Angeles to Santa Barbara train price to come in at an average of $27 (€21)  one way.
What is the distance to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles by train?
You should expect to travel around 86 miles (139 km)  between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara by train.
How long is the train ride between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara?
The Los Angeles to Santa Barbara train duration is on average 2 h 23 min, which is to be expected when traveling 86 miles (139 km) between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.
When does the first train depart from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara? When does the last train depart from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?
The first Los Angeles to Santa Barbara train departs at 4: 11 PM   and the last train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara leaves at 10: 06 PM. Check out the most up-to-date train schedule from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
How early should I purchase Los Angeles to Santa Barbara train tickets to get the best deals?
In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train providers offering this trip and save money. If you purchase train tickets from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $27 (€21) one way. To find the best prices for this route, consider booking your train ticket from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara a few months in advance.