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.
Be sure to check out all the great savings and rewards when you take the train and show your ticket!
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 (free with train ticket) from many downtown attractions. Additional stations are located nearby in Carpinteria and in Goleta near the airport.
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.
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.
Want to take your bike on the train? For more information please see our page How to Take a Bike on Local Transit Services.
The Pacific Surfliner now offers a free transfer ticket program with the local transit service, the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (SBMTD). See this post for more information.
Santa Barbara Car Free Train Discount
We are working with Amtrak on the final details of our 2018 discounts. Please check back soon for details!