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Train Information from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

distanceDistance86 miles (139 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 23 min
priceAverage train ticket price$23 (€19)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak

Trains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara cover the 86 miles (139 km) long route taking on average 2 h 23 min with our travel partners like Amtrak. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $23 (€19), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $22 (€17).

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Train between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara with Amtrak

For as little as $22 (€17) you can travel by train between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara with Amtrak. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this journey.

Amtrak

Amtrak is the main train company in the United States operating medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 US states as well as in 3 Canadian provinces. There are over 300 Amtrak trains running daily. With Amtrak you can travel by train across the country and explore destinations near and far with routes such as the Northeast Regional connecting cities in the East Coast, the Coast Starlight connecting destinations up and down the West Coast, the Empire Builder connecting Chicago and Midwestern cities to the Northwest, and many more. Amtrak offers different class options suiting any budget, from Coach Class to Business Class, First Class, and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. There are several different ticket types including Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium for you to book for your next train journey between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

    Please follow the recommendations outlined by Amtrak when booking your train tickets between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara due to the coronavirus:

    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended
    • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
    • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
    • Change fees have been waived for all reservations made before March 31, 2021.
    • If you've booked with Omio, to change your reservation, go to Amtrak.com (Modify Trip) or the Amtrak app. A fare difference may apply to your new itinerary. If you want to cancel your reservation, you must call 800-USA-RAIL (not available via Amtrak.com or the app).

    Trains in Los Angles to Santa Barbara

    Amtrak provides the most convenient train services when you are traveling from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. The journey, which is 117 miles (188 km) between the two cities, is never dull because of the beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. Though only six trains travel each day, Amtrak always sticks to the scheduled time. However, you should book your ticket in advance because of the fewer trains. When boarding a train from LAX to Santa Barbara for adventure, Pacific Surfliner is the best route for you. Traveling by train is comfortable and fun because it travels along the coast and you can view California’s fascinating beaches.

    Booking your train ticket with Omio for Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

    Whether you need a direct flight or a train that makes stopovers, booking is easier because Omio has the best services for you. We have partnered with Amtrak to ensure that you enjoy your flight from the beginning to your destination. We ensure that you're your booking services are fast, efficient, and accurate. Again, our customer service is ready to listen to you and so that you are satisfied throughout your trip. We save you from paperwork and send everything you need for your trip directly to your phone. So don't stress yourself with last-minute booking; instead, contact Omio and let us offer you our unique services.

    Train Companies in Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

    Amtrak is the leading train company operating between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara with two train routes: The Pacific Surfliner and the Coast Starlight. Generally, there are six trains, and every half operates on either route. The Coast Starlight makes several stopovers between the cities, while The Pacific Surfliner offers luggage storage for travelers carrying stowing bikes and surfboards. Partnering with Omio has made Amtrak a reliable train company because travelers don’t have stress booking and traveling. With the Omio App on your phone, you get the best Amtrak services for all travelers. Thus, traveling gets more fun and stress-free.

    Popular international routes by train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

    Omio also helps you book and travel internationally from various states in the United States by train. Some popular international routes include New York City to Toronto, Chicago, IL to Vancouver, BC, New York City to Montreal, QC, New York City to Niagara Falls, ON. Despite traveling internationally by train, it's fast, convenient, and affordable. These routes have magnificent scenes that you can enjoy watching and keeps you entertained throughout the journey. At Omio, we ensure that you enjoy your international trip from your departure to your destination. We book your ticket on time, and you don't have to waste time waiting for check-in.

    When arriving by train in Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

    Once you arrive by train to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles, you realize a slight difference because of the architecture. This city treasures art and culture and has red tile roofs that make the place colorful. If you love sports, you can watch Santa Barbara Breakers professional basketball and cheer for your best team. If you are a football lover, you’ll enjoy watching the Dallas Cowboys live as they train. Aside from basketball and football, you can visit Foxenwood Tennis & Swim Club, a professional sports team, and watch as the swimmers compete. Finally, if you need to eat and drink, there are many restaurants you can enjoy Mexican food and wine.

    Train provider in Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

    The train provider in Los Angeles is Amtrak. They offer two train services, including Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner. The Pacific Surfliner has racks where you can store your luggage if you are traveling for adventure. These trains also have paranomic windows to allow you to view the fantastic west coast. Also, you can never get bored because of the strong Wi-Fi connectivity throughout your journey. Amtrak serves through several scenic routes, including Adirondack, Sunset Limited, Empire Builder, Coast Starlight, California Zephyr, Amtrak Cascades, and Pacific Surfliner. All these routes go to various destinations, with Empire Builder going from Chicago – Seattle – Portland and Amtrak Cascades route goes to Vancouver – Seattle – Portland – Eugene.

    Los Angeles Palms. Source: Shutterstock

    Main train stations in Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

    When traveling from LAX to Santa Barbara, your final destination is Santa Barbara Amtrak Station. This train station is in the city center and near the beach. However, the train makes stopovers in several cities, including Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. You can alight in several train stations, including 1050 Kettner Blvd, 303 South Jackson Street, King Street Station, 800 North Alameda Street, and 592 Gayley Ave. These train stations have exceptional amenities, including restrooms, vending machines, and Quik-Trak kiosks. After alighting, you don’t have to worry about public transport because you can get a free ride on either the electric bus or shuttle bus.

    Popular journey in Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

    You can travel to other cities in the United States from Los Angeles using Amtrak. Omio has made these journeys more enjoyable as you reach various destinations, including New York City, San Francisco, CA, Atlanta, GA, Seattle, WA, and Washington, DC. Moving by train from Los Angeles to New York City takes 87h 57min, and the price $256. Traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco, CA takes 10h 44min, and the price is $60. Traveling from Los Angeles to Atlanta, GA takes 70h 00min, and the price is $201. From Los Angeles to Seattle, WA takes 34h 35min, and the train ticket price is $126, while from LA to Washington, DC takes74h 5min, and the price is $224.

    Los Angeles Sunset. Source: Shutterstock

    Popular train routes from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

    Main international train routes are from various cities in the United States to Canada. In addition, the train departs from Santa Barbara Amtrak station to Ontario in Canada. One of the most popular international routes served by Omio includes New York City to Niagara Falls, ON, which takes 9h 4min, and the train ticket price is $76.

    Good to know

    Traveling from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes longer if the train makes stopovers. However, you get to enjoy beautiful scenes of the west coast and the beaches. If you are on an adventure and have luggage on you, don't worry because the train has racks to store your luggage. However, you can take a direct and faster route, but you still enjoy various environmental scenes.

    To Santa Barbara by train – Travel Tips

    Santa Barbara is a beautiful city to visit. The fascinating coastline keeps you refreshed as you breathe the fresh air. You can also enjoy watching the Santa Ynez Mountains and the waterfront that are eye-catching. There are several restaurants, including Bouchon, Stella Mare’s, Olio E Limone Ristorante, Zaytoon, and Persona Pizzeria. In these eateries, you can enjoy freshly cooked foods such as lobster ravioli. It would be best if you also tried the French chocolates which come in different shapes and flavors. There is also a tasty taco made from avocado, mango, and pistachio, which is finger-licking.

    If you love wine-tasting, Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail holds a collection of more than 2000 wineries. Here, you can ask questions to understand more about wine, especially those named after celebrities or musicians. Santa Barbara’s culture is found in every corner of the city. You can visit several museums, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Casa del Herrero, Reagan Ranch Center, and Karpeles Manuscript Library. In these museums, you can learn more about the history of the city.

    If you visited Santa Barbara for adventure, you could enjoy whale watching, sunset cruises, and sunset Kidd sailing. Again, you can ride past the beaches and enjoy this moment with other riders having a good time. You can also engage in adrenaline-pumping activities such as hiking, island kayaking, watching the night lights of Stearns Wharf, channel island outfitters, and enjoying the Channel Islands National Park by kayaking in the water. However, life is expensive in Santa Barbara than in LA, so you should carry enough money.

    Travel Tips

    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
    What is the price of the cheapest train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?
    Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara to cost as little as $22 (€17)  in the next 7 days.
    How much is the train to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles on average?
    If you are looking to book your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Los Angeles to Santa Barbara train to cost on average $23 (€19)  one way.
    How far is Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by train?
    The train distance from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is around 86 miles (139 km).
    How many hours is the train time between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara?
    On average the Los Angeles to Santa Barbara train travel time is 2 h 23 min  for the 86 miles (139 km) long trip, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
    What train providers go from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?
    When taking a train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, you can count on Amtrak for the best way to get you to Santa Barbara. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
    Can I find a direct train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?
    Yes, you can look for direct trains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara with Amtrak  without needing to transfer at another stop in between. Taking a direct train tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this journey.
    What are the first and last departure train times from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara?
    The earliest train for this journey departs from Los Angeles at 2: 50 PM. The last train leaves from Los Angeles at 5: 10 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
    How far in advance should I buy train tickets to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles for 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 between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $23 (€19) 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.