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.

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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.

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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.

Amtrak® Discounts

Coming from South of Santa Barbara: now through December 18, 2015—Save 20 percent on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner® or the San Joaquin® (plus associated thruway buses) to or from all 9 stations in Santa Barbara County: Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Solvang, Buellton, Lompoc, Surf, Guadalupe and Santa Maria! Register for this discount on this website, see instructions below.

See Official Terms and Conditions. Visit Amtrak California Deals to see a complete list of deals.

Here’s how the Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin discounts work:

Three day advance reservations are required. You must  register  to obtain the link to Amtrak’s site and purchase your tickets. Have your information for ticket purchase ready before you complete registration (view train schedules and general information at Amtrak.com). You may not use the discount for purchase on board the train, at any station, or for purchase of a gift certificate.

Note: You will not receive a promotional code, and you must select a Pacific Surfliner or San Joaquin train to be eligible for the discount. You need to follow the blue “Book it Now” path once you are on the special page.

This offer is valid for sale through December 15, 2015 and for travel between January 5, 2015 and December 18, 2015 on the Pacific Surfliner or San Joaquin and associated thruway buses (except not valid on the 7000-8999 thruway series) to or from any  Amtrak station in Santa Barbara County: Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Solvang, Buellton, Lompoc, Surf, Guadalupe and Santa Maria.

Discount is NOT available for travel on the dates listed here:

  • February 13, and February 16, 2015
  • April 2-3, and April 6, 2015
  • May 22, and May 25, 2015
  • July 2-3, and July 5, 2015
  • September 4, and September 7, 2015
  • October 12, 2015
  • November 24-25, 2015, and November 28-29, 2015

Offer is valid for 20 percent off of the best available regular adult fare. The offer can’t be combined with any other discounts. Up to 2 children ages 2-12 may accompany each adult at half of the regular (full, not discounted) adult fare. Offer is valid for business class travel upon full payment of applicable accommodation charges. Once travel has begun, no changes to the itinerary are permitted, fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice, other restrictions may apply.

To receive the link to the page on Amtrak’s website where you can purchase tickets at the discount, first, be ready to purchase your tickets, and then register on this page.

For train schedules and general information, see Amtrak.com.

Official Terms and Conditions

THIS OFFER IS EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE AFTER REGISTERING AT WWW.SANTABARBARACARFREE.ORG OR WWW.SANTABARBARAFAMILYFUN.COM. THIS OFFER IS VALID FOR 20PCT OFF THE REGULAR (FULL) ADULT RAIL FARE. THIS OFFER IS VALID FOR SALE BETWEEN 18DEC14- 15DEC15 AND VALID FOR TRAVEL BETWEEN 05JAN15- 18DEC15. BLACKOUTS APPLY ON THE FOLLOWING DATES: 13FEB15, 16FEB15, 02-03APR15, 06APR15, 22MAY15, 25MAY15, 02-03JUL15, 05JUL15, 04SEP15, 07SEP15, 12OCT15, 24-25NOV15, AND 28-29NOV15. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED (INCLUDING UNRESERVED) A MINIMUM OF THREE (3) DAYS PRIOR TO TRAVEL. UP TO 2 CHILDREN AGES (2-12) MAY ACCOMPANY EACH ADULT AT HALF THE REGULAR FULL ADULT RAIL FARE. THIS OFFER IS VALID FOR TRAVEL TO/FROM THE FOLLOWING SANTA BARBARA COUNTY STATIONS ONLY: CARPINTERIA, SANTA BARBARA, GOLETA, GUADALUPE, LOMPOC, LOMPOC-SURF, SALVANG, SANTA MARIA, AND BUELLTON. SEATING IS LIMITED; SEATS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE ON ALL DAYS. FARES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. THIS OFFER IS VALID FOR TRAVEL ON THE SAN JOAQUIN, PACIFIC SURFLINER, AND ASSOCIATED THRUWAYS; EXCEPT NOT VALID ON THE 7000-8999 THRUWAYS. THIS OFFER IS VALID FOR COACH SEATS; UPGRADES TO BUSINESS CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS ARE AVAILABLE UPON FULL PAYMENT OF ACCOMMODATION CHARGES. IN ADDITION TO THE DISCOUNT RESTRICTIONS; THIS OFFER IS ALSO SUBJECT TO ANY RESTRICTIONS, BLACKOUTS, AND REFUND RULES THAT APPLY TO THE TYPE OF FARE PURCHASED. FARES, ROUTES AND SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. ONCE TRAVEL HAS BEGUN; NO CHANGES TO THE ITINERARY ARE PERMITTED. THIS OFFER IS NOT COMBINABLE WITH ANY OTHER DISCOUNT OFFER. AMTRAK, PACIFIC SURLINER, AND SAN JOAQUIN, ARE REGISTERED SERVICE MARKS OF THE NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION.