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from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA

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

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Travel Information to San Francisco, CA from Santa Barbara

distanceDistance276 miles (445 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$50 - $174
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $50 (€40) • 7 h 50 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $174 (€139) • 1 h 9 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGreyhound, United or Amtrak

Take a bus, flight or train to travel 276 miles (445 km) between Santa Barbara and San Francisco, CA. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Greyhound, United or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA.

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How do I go from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA?

There are 3 travel options from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA: bus, flight or train.

What is the cheapest way from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA?

The cheapest way to go to San Francisco, CA from Santa Barbara is by taking a bus, which costs on average $50 (€40).

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

A bus is generally $124 (€99) less than a flight for the same journey. Taking a flight costs on average $174 (€139) from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA.

Taking a bus is usually $1 (€1) less than taking a train to San Francisco, CA, which costs on average $51 (€41) for the same trip.

What is the fastest way from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA?

The quickest way to travel between Santa Barbara and San Francisco, CA is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 9 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 7 h 50 min   of travel time.

In comparison, going by train can take 9 h 55 min   on average.

How far is San Francisco, CA from Santa Barbara?

The distance is approximately 276 miles (445 km) from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA.

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA?

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

  • 2 buses a day.

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

When traveling from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA, what are the departure and arrival points in Santa Barbara and San Francisco, CA?

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

    Which travel companies can get me from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA?

    Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA:

    • You can take a bus from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA with Greyhound. Cheap tickets can be found for $50 (€40) with Greyhound from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA.
    • You can go to San Francisco, CA from Santa Barbara by plane with United. You'll see cheap plane tickets for $174 (€139) with United from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA on Omio.
    • You can travel by train from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA with Amtrak, and you can find Amtrak Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA tickets for $51 (€41) on Omio.
    What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA?
    Looking to extend your trip from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA? Many Omio customers who go from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Los Angeles, Paris or Berlin. If you're looking to explore Los Angeles, Paris or Berlin from San Francisco, CA, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
    How early should I buy tickets to San Francisco, CA from Santa Barbara online for the best deals?

    Before traveling from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA, 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 $50 (€40) one way on average for this trip.
    • A plane ticket costs $174 (€139) one way on average for this journey.
    • A train ticket for this trip is costing $51 (€41) one way on average.

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