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.

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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.

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.

Amtrak® Discounts

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 Joaquins® plus associated thruway buses to or from any Santa Barbara County station!
  • Valid for purchase through December 18, 2017 and for travel January 3, 2017-December 21, 2017
  • Tickets must be purchased three days in advance through a link on this website
  • Not valid for certain holiday periods

Save 20% from Los Angeles or Seattle and points between:

  • Save 20% on the Amtrak Coast Starlight® plus associated thruway buses to or from the Santa Barbara station!
  • Valid for purchase through December 18, 2017 and for travel January 3, 2017-December 21, 2017.
  • Tickets must be purchased three days in advance through a link on this website
  • Not valid for certain holiday periods


Instructions for the 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.

Traveling to or from Santa Barbara — Save 20 percent on the Amtrak Coast Starlight® (plus associated thruway buses) to and from the Santa Barbara station.

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

  • Schedule

    Select your route and dates. For schedules and information go to Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, or San Joaquins, or Coast Starlight. 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, San Joaquin, or Coast Starlight 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 2017 Santa Barbara Car Free Experience. Enjoy!

This offer is valid for sale through December 18, 2017 and for travel between January 3, 2017 and December 21, 2017 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.

This offer is valid for sale through December 18, 2017 and for travel between January 3, 2017 and December 21, 2017 on the Coast Starlight (except not valid on the 7000-8999 thruways) to or from the Amtrak station in Santa Barbara.

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

  • February 17, 2017
  • February 20, 2017
  • April 13-14, 2017
  • April 17, 2017
  • May 26, 2017
  • May 29, 2017
  • September 1, 2017
  • September 4, 2017
  • October 9, 2017
  • November 21-22, 2017
  • November 25-27, 2017

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.

Please note that discounts on the Coast Starlight and San Joaquin are subject to availability. The Coast Starlight discount does not apply when upgrading to roomette or sleeper accommodations.

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. THIS OFFER IS VALID FOR SALE BETWEEN 19DEC16- 18DEC17 AND VALID FOR TRAVEL BETWEEN 03JAN17- 21DEC17. BLACKOUTS APPLY ON THE FOLLOWING DATES: 17FEB17, 20FEB17, 13-14APR17, 17APR17, 26MAY17, 29MAY17, 01SEP17, 04SEP17, 09OCT17, 21-22NOV17, and 25-27NOV17. 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, 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, COAST STARLIGHT, PACIFIC SURFLINER, AND ASSOCIATED THRUWAYS; EXCEPT NOT VALID ON THE 7000-8999 THRUWAYS. 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 SURLINER, SAN JOAQUIN, AND COAST STARLIGHT ARE REGISTERED SERVICE MARKS OF THE NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION.