Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District
Visitors to Santa Barbara enjoy riding up and down State Street and along the waterfront in a small, open-air, quiet, electric shuttle (pictured above). The fare is only 50 cents. Shuttles run until 6 PM year-round, and until 9 PM on Fridays and Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Check the schedule for all the details.
You can also take any one of MTD’s larger buses all around Santa Barbara. Visit SBMTD.gov for all the schedules and information. Note: You can purchase MTD 10-Ride Bus passes by mail using a form linked from this page on MTD’s website: www.sbmtd.gov/fares-and-passes/index.html.
Want to take your bike on the bus? For more information please see our page How to Take a Bike on Local Transit Services.
The Pacific Surfliner now offers a transfer ticket program with MTD. See this post for more information.
805-692-1902. www.cleanairexpress.com. Weekday service from Santa Maria and Lompoc to Goleta and Santa Barbara. Saturday service between Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley (Buellton, Solvang, Los Olivos). Bicycles are welcome.
805-963-3366. www.sbmtd.gov. Home page with access to bus maps, schedules, and a trip planner.
www.sbmtd.gov/passenger-information/bringing-your-bike.html. List of routes with bike racks and instructions for their use.
sbmtd.gov/maps-and-schedules/36.html. A downtown shuttle in charming Carpinteria.
1-800-417-2137. www.breezebus.com. Weekday service between Santa Maria and Lompoc. (Note: this bus does not go to or from Santa Barbara)
www.greyhound.com. Nationwide transit. Fares and schedule information, toll-free: 1-800-229-9424. International areas without toll free access: 1-402-330-8552.
805-545-8400. www.silveradostages.com. Charter bus service serving the Central Coast.
www.easylift.org. Dial-A-Ride service for frail-elderly and/or disabled individuals who are physically or cognitively unable to ride regular public transit.
805-964-7759 or toll-free 1-800-423-1618. www.santabarbaraairbus.com. Scheduled and custom day trips to Los Angeles sport and theatre events, museums, and theme parks. Also shuttle to and from LAX.
1-800-728-9997. www.chumashcasino.com/shuttle-schedule. Free bus transportation from Santa Barbara to the Casino. Slots, bingo, poker, 21, entertainment.
805-965-0353. www.sbtrolley.com. Guided tours of downtown and nearby areas, including the historic Mission.
1-800-438-1112. www.goventura.org/?q=travel-ventura. Express coach service between Ventura, Oxnard, Carpinteria, and Santa Barbara seven days a week; additional service to Goleta and UCSB during weekday peak times. Bicycles and surfboards welcome. (Scroll down on website for Coastal Express schedule).