How to travel from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

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Travel Information to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles

distanceDistance86 miles (139 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$16 - $22
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $16 (€15) • 1 h 30 min
fastestFastest modeBus • $16 (€15) • 1 h 30 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Amtrak

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 86 miles (139 km) to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles. If speed is a priority, then a bus is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 30 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $16 (€15). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Flixbus or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara.

Travel Tips: Travel from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

Travel Tips: Travel 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.
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There are 4 ways to travel from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara including taking a bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $16 (€15) compared to other travel options to Santa Barbara:

A bus is $6 (€6) less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara costing on average $22 (€21).

The fastest way from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is by bus with an average journey time of 1 h 30 min.

There are alternative travel options to Santa Barbara that can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 2 h 29 min   of travel time.

The Los Angeles to Santa Barbara distance is around 86 miles (139 km).

The average frequency per day from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is:

  • Around 2 buses per day.
  • 4 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara as scheduled services by bus, ferry, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara:

    If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

    • Flixbus can get you to Santa Barbara by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with Flixbus from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara for $16 (€15) on Omio.
    • Travel with Amtrak for trains to Santa Barbara. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Amtrak Los Angeles to Santa Barbara tickets on Omio for $22 (€21).

    Yes, there are direct routes from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara with the following travel companies:

    • You can find 2 direct buses per day to take to Santa Barbara with Amtrak.
    • You'll find 4 direct trains a day to Santa Barbara with Amtrak.

    Direct services to Santa Barbara tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your trip.

    Omio customers who travel from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara often also extend their vacation to go to San Francisco, CA, Davis or Paris. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Santa Barbara and these popular destinations at a great price.

    When planning your trip from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

    • Bus tickets cost on average $16 (€15) one way.
    • Train tickets cost on average $22 (€21) one way.

    However, we recommend buying tickets from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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