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Amtrak stationSpecial 2014 Santa Barbara Car Free Discount - 20 percent off travel to/from Santa Barbara County stations on Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® and San Joaquin (and associated thruway buses)!  Register on this page and for details, see this page!

Amtrak's Coast Starlight - New features!  Rediscover the newly revamped train that travels from Los Angeles to Seattle in style! This legendary train features refurbished Parlour Cars (with a daily wine tasting featuring local selections and specialty coffee bar); plus renewed Coaches and Sleeping Cars; new Arcade rooms and enhanced amenities such as at-seat dining service.

Check schedules with Amtrak (call 1-800-USA-RAIL, or look for "News" at

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.

For more information on these train routes, schedules, and booking, and special amenities, see the links below.

Taking the Train to Santa Barbara
Amtrak Amtrak schedules and fares. Download latest schedules for Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight from this page. Or Call 1-800-USA-RAIL