What could be better than a train ride along the scenic California coast to begin your vacation? Read a book instead of struggling with street maps. Have a meal, or take a nap. You will arrive rested and ready to begin. Many hotels offer free pick-up and drop-off service, ask when making your reservations.
Santa Barbara lies along the West Coast Amtrak route. The train station is conveniently located in downtown Santa Barbara, an easy walk, or 50-cents shuttle ride from many downtown attractions. Additional stations are located nearby in Carpinteria and in Goleta near the airport.
The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner® offers five trains a day coming into Santa Barbara from the south, with two continuing to San Luis Obispo. Many are new trains boasting larger windows, at-seat audio and video, laptop outlets, reclining seats with footrests, and surfboard racks. Roll on your bike and lock it up for free if you make an advanced reservation when ordering tickets.
The Amtrak Coast Starlight® runs from Seattle, Washington, through Oregon and Northern California, to Santa Barbara and on to Los Angeles. On this route, you can enjoy wine tasting, gourmet meals, and on-board entertainment.
See this page for all the info on Amtrak® discounts! And see this page to find out about special car free experiences when you show your train ticket!
schedules with Amtrak (call 1-800-USA-RAIL, or