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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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner®

The Pacific Surfliner offers five trains a day coming from San Diego through Los Angeles into Santa Barbara, 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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Amtrak Coast Starlight®

The Coast Starlight train runs from Seattle, Washington through Portland, 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

Amtrak offers special discounts on both routes to Santa Barbara. Read the conditions below and click on the button for more details on each offer. Visit Amtrak California Deals to see a complete list of deals.

Santa Barbara Car Free Train Discount

Save 20% from San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Bakersfield and points between:

  • Save 20% on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner® or the San Joaquin® plus associated thruway buses to or from any Santa Barbara County station!
  • Valid for purchase through December 17, 2016 and for travel through December 20, 2016
  • Tickets must be purchased three days in advance through a link on this website
  • Not valid for certain holiday periods
View Santa Barbara Car Free Train Discount Details on this page


Amtrak® Saver Fares

Book Early and Save 20%

  • Save 20% on most long distance trains including the Amtrak Coast Starlight® to and from Santa Barbara
  • Valid for purchase through April 30, 2016 and for travel through June 17, 2016
  • Tickets must be purchased 14 days in advance and are non-refundable
  • Not valid for certain holiday periods
View Amtrak Saver Fare Details on Amtrak’s website


Santa Barbara Car Free Train Discount

Traveling to or from Santa Barbara — Save 20 percent on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner® or the San Joaquin® (plus associated thruway buses) to and from all nine 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.

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

  • Schedule

    Select your route and dates. For schedules and information go to Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner or San Joaquin. Three day advance reservations are required and some restrictions apply. See blackout dates below.
  • Register

    Have your schedule and payment information ready and register below on this website at least three days before you plan to travel. Upon registration confirmation, you will be given a link to Amtrak’s website.
  • Purchase

    Follow the link provided to Amtrak’s website and click “Book it Now.” You must select a Pacific Surfliner or San Joaquin train to be eligible for the discount. There is no promotional code for use at a later time and you may not use the discount for purchase on board the train, at any station or to purchase of a gift certificate.
  • Experience

    Use your train ticket for discounted transportation, hotels, attractions and activities. See 2015 Santa Barbara Car Free Experience. Enjoy!

This offer is valid for sale through December 17, 2016 and for travel between January 4, 2016 and December 20, 2016 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 12, and February 15, 2016
  • March 24-25 and 28, 2016
  • May 27, and May 30, 2016
  • July 1, and July 4, 2016
  • September 2, and September 5, 2016
  • October 10, 2016
  • November 22-23, and November 26-28, 2016

Offer is valid for 20 percent off of the best available regular adult fare. The discount will only be applied when the “adult” passenger type is selected. 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.

See Official Terms and Conditions below. For train schedules and general information, see Amtrak.com.

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Official Terms and Conditions

THIS OFFER IS EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE AFTER REGISTERING AT WWW.SANTABARBARACARFREE.ORG OR WWW.SANTABARBARAFAMILYFUN.COM. THIS OFFER IS VALID FOR SALE BETWEEN 04JAN16- 17DEC16 AND VALID FOR TRAVEL BETWEEN 07JAN16- 20DEC16. BLACKOUTS APPLY ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:  12FEB16, 15FEB16, 24-25MAR16, 28MAR16, 27MAY16, 30MAY16, 01JUL16, 04JUL16, 02SEP16, 05SEP16, 10OCT16, 22-23NOV16, and 26-28NOV16. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED 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-SURF, SOLVANG, 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 ALSO VALID FOR TRAVEL ON THE COAST STARLIGHT (BETWEEN SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – LOS ANGELES ONLY). THIS OFFER IS VALID FOR COACH SEATS; UPGRADE TO BUSINESS CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS ARE AVAILABLE UPON FULL PAYMENT OF ACCOMMODATION CHARGES. THIS OFFER IS NOT VALID FOR SLEEPER ACCOMMODATION UPGRADES. 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 SURFLINER, SAN JOAQUIN, AND COAST STARLIGHT ARE REGISTERED SERVICE MARKS OF THE NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION.