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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 from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA

distanceDistance276 miles (445 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$49 - $71
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $49 (€41) • 6 h 15 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $71 (€60) • 1 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGreyhound, United or Amtrak

Travel 276 miles (445 km) by bus, flight or train from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 15 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $49 (€41). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Greyhound, United or Amtrak among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA.

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FAQs

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

There are 3 ways that you can travel to San Francisco, CA from Santa Barbara. You can take a bus, flight or train.

What is the cheapest way to travel between Santa Barbara and San Francisco, CA?

The cheapest way to travel between Santa Barbara and San Francisco, CA is by taking a bus with an average price of $49 (€41).

This is compared to other travel options to San Francisco, CA:

Taking a bus is about $22 (€19) less than taking a flight, which costs on average $71 (€60) for this trip.

Taking a bus is about $7 (€6) less than taking a train, which costs on average $56 (€47) for this trip.

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

The fastest way to get to San Francisco, CA from Santa Barbara is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 15 min.

Other travel options to San Francisco, CA can usually take longer:

In comparison, going by bus can take 6 h 15 min   on average.

In comparison, getting to San Francisco, CA by train can take on average 10 h 18 min.

What is the distance between Santa Barbara and San Francisco, CA?

You should expect to travel around 276 miles (445 km) between Santa Barbara and 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 per day.

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

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

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

    Which travel companies can take 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 go to San Francisco, CA from Santa Barbara by bus with Greyhound. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $49 (€41) with Greyhound from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA on Omio.
    • You can go to San Francisco, CA from Santa Barbara by plane with United. You'll see cheap plane tickets for $71 (€60) with United from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA on Omio.
    • You can travel by train to San Francisco, CA from Santa Barbara with Amtrak, and you can find Amtrak Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA tickets for $56 (€47) on Omio.

    What is another destination I should add to my tour from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA?

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

    How far in advance should I purchase my Santa Barbara to San Francisco, CA one way ticket online to get the best deals?

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

    • A bus ticket for this journey costs on average $49 (€41) one way.
    • A plane ticket costs $71 (€60) one way on average for this route.
    • A train ticket for this trip costs on average $56 (€47) one way.

    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.