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from Santa Barbara to San Diego

You can get from Santa Barbara to San Diego by train, bus or flight.

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Travel Information between Santa Barbara and San Diego

distanceDistance187 miles (302 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$29 - $148
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $29 (€24) • 5 h 55 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $148 (€123) • 59 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus, Alaska Airlines or Amtrak

Travel 187 miles (302 km) by bus, flight or train to San Diego from Santa Barbara. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 59 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $29 (€24). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Flixbus, Alaska Airlines or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

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FAQs

How do I travel from Santa Barbara to San Diego?

There are 3 ways to get from Santa Barbara to San Diego: bus, flight or train.

How do I get from Santa Barbara to San Diego the cheapest way?

The cheapest way to travel from Santa Barbara to San Diego is by taking a bus with an average price of $29 (€24).

This is compared to other travel options to San Diego:

A bus is $120 (€99) less than a flight for this journey with tickets for a flight from Santa Barbara to San Diego costing on average $148 (€123).

Taking a bus is about $32 (€27) less than taking a train, which costs on average $61 (€51) for this trip.

What is the fastest way from Santa Barbara to San Diego?

The quickest way to travel between Santa Barbara and San Diego is by flight, which takes on average 59 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, getting to San Diego by bus can take on average 5 h 55 min.

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 5 h 56 min   of travel time.

How far is San Diego from Santa Barbara?

You should expect to travel around 187 miles (302 km) between Santa Barbara and San Diego.

How many services a day are there to San Diego from Santa Barbara?

The average frequency per day from Santa Barbara to San Diego is:

  • Around 2 trains per day.

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

When traveling to San Diego from Santa Barbara, where do I depart from Santa Barbara and where do I arrive in San Diego?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Santa Barbara to San Diego:

    Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Santa Barbara to San Diego?

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

    • Flixbus can get you to San Diego by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with Flixbus from Santa Barbara to San Diego for $29 (€24) on Omio.
    • Travel with Alaska Airlines for flights to San Diego. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Alaska Airlines Santa Barbara to San Diego tickets on Omio for $148 (€123).
    • Travel with Amtrak for trains to San Diego. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Amtrak Santa Barbara to San Diego tickets on Omio for $61 (€51).

    What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from Santa Barbara to San Diego?

    Many of our customers who book a trip from Santa Barbara to San Diego often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Los Angeles, Paris or Madrid. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Santa Barbara and San Diego itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between San Diego and any of these top destinations today!

    How early should I book Santa Barbara to San Diego tickets online to score the best deals?

    Before traveling from Santa Barbara to San Diego, it’s good to know what ticket you can buy and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

    • A bus ticket costs $29 (€24) one way on average for this journey.
    • A plane ticket costs $148 (€123) one way on average for this trip.
    • A train ticket for this journey costs on average $61 (€51) one way.

    But we recommend booking Santa Barbara to San Diego tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.