How to travel from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA

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Travel Information between Santa Barbara, CA and San Francisco, CA

distanceDistance276 miles (445 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, train or flight
priceTicket price range$27 - $106
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $27 (€24) • 6 h 35 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $106 (€91) • 1 h 12 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixBus or Sky West Airlines

Travel 276 miles (445 km) by bus, train or flight to San Francisco, CA from Santa Barbara, CA. The most popular travel companies which serve this route are FlixBus or Sky West Airlines among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or flight from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA.

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from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA

How to get from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA by train, bus or flight.

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The best way to travel from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

Amtrak
05:58PM8h02
Santa Barbara, CA
02:00AMSan Francisco, CA
$541One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
Amtrak
05:58PM8h02
Santa Barbara, CA
02:00AMSan Francisco, CA
$541One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
Amtrak
05:58PM8h02
Santa Barbara, CA
02:00AMSan Francisco, CA
$541One-way
0 transfers
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FlixBus
02:25AM12h45
Santa Barbara, CA
03:10PMSan Francisco, CA
$611One-way
0 transfers

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Travel from Santa Barbara to San Francisco on FlixBus, Amtrak and United travel with Omio. When comparing schedules and tickets, we will also show you other options with multiple connections or other travel modes if they’re available.

    United Airlines is one of the USA’s leading airline and operates domestic and international routes. Economy, Premium Economy and Business are the ticket fares that the airline offers for your next travel between Santa Barbara and San Francisco.

      FAQs: Travel from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA

      FAQs: Travel to San Francisco, CA 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 Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA.
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      There are 3 options to travel between Santa Barbara, CA and San Francisco, CA including taking a bus, train or flight.

      The cheapest way to go to San Francisco, CA from Santa Barbara, CA is by taking a bus, which costs on average $27 (€24).

      This is compared to other ways of getting from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA:

      Taking a bus costs $78 (€68) less than taking a flight, which costs on average $106 (€91) for the same trip.

      A bus is $19 (€16) less than a train for this trip with tickets for a train from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA costing on average $46 (€40).

      The fastest way to get to San Francisco, CA from Santa Barbara, CA is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 12 min.

      Other travel options to San Francisco, CA take longer:

      Bus takes on average 6 h 35 min.

      Train takes 10 h 24 min on average.

      You should expect to travel around 276 miles (445 km) between Santa Barbara, CA and San Francisco, CA.

      The average frequency per day from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA is:

      • 3 buses a day.

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

      These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA:

        The following travel companies offer services from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA:

        • FlixBus, Amtrak, Greyhound or OurBus can take you to San Francisco, CA by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Amtrak from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA for $27 (€24).
        • Sky West Airlines or United can get you to San Francisco, CA by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with United from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA for $106 (€91) on Omio.

        Yes, there are direct services available from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA with the following travel companies:

        • Direct buses with FlixBus or Amtrak with 3 direct buses per day.

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

        Your trip from Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA doesn't have to end in San Francisco, CA. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Los Angeles, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Sacramento, CA, New York, NY or San Jose, CA. If you’d like to add Los Angeles, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Sacramento, CA, New York, NY or San Jose, CA to your Santa Barbara, CA to San Francisco, CA tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from San Francisco, CA today!

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