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 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: Fares & Passes.

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 Free Transit Transfer Program Creates Convenient Connections for Pacific Surfliner Train Passengers.

805-692-1902. 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.


(800) 417-2137 A Monday-Saturday service between Santa Maria, Vandenburg AFB, Lompoc, Los Alamos, Buellton, and Solvang. Check home page for schedule, routes, and fares.

1-800-438-1112. 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).