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Bus San Diego to Santa Barbara: Trip Overview

Bus San Diego to Santa Barbara: Trip Overview

Average ticket price$54
Average bus trip duration7h 25m
Number of daily buses7
Earliest bus departure5:30 AM
Distance194 miles (312 km)
Latest bus departure9:25 PM

San Diego to Santa Barbara Buses

Information on this bus route

Daily Departures7
Earliest and Latest Bus Departures5:30AM - 9:25PM
Minimum Price$29
Average Ticket Price$54
Minimum Trip Duration5h5m
Average Bus Trip Duration7h25m
Distance194 miles (312 km)
Bus Companies on This RouteFlixBus, Greyhound
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions for your trip San Diego - Santa Barbara

You can take a bus or a train to go from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Either way you choose, you'll be sure to reach your destination in the most convenient and sustainable way. Another option you should consider is using carpooling services, which allow you to share a car ride with other travelers.

The travel time from San Diego to Santa Barbara is about 7h 25m, but the quickest bus can get you there in about 5h 5m. This is the time it takes to travel the 188 miles (303 km) that separate the two cities.

The distance separating San Diego and Santa Barbara is 188 miles (303 km).

About 7 buses travel this route daily, provided by FlixBus and Greyhound. The number of buses operating from San Diego to Santa Barbara may change based on the day of the week. Busbud can make your trip from San Diego to Santa Barbara a breeze! Simply check the schedules and pick the bus that matches your style and budget. It's that easy!

The bus service operates between 5:30 AM and 9:25 PM.

Most of the buses traveling from San Diego to Santa Barbara leave from San Ysidro McDonald's and arrive at Train Station. These are the most popular pick-up and drop-off locations on this route, but you can also find other options that could better fit your plans.

You can save a lot of money on your trip from San Diego to Santa Barbara by choosing to travel by bus. $21 is the starting point for the cost-effective bus ride to Santa Barbara from San Diego.

You can expect to pay around $54 for a bus ticket. Over the last 30 days, the prices ranged between $21 and $113, so make sure to compare them to get the best option.

Certainly! You can indeed opt for an overnight bus from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Don't forget to bring a snack and a blanket to help you stay comfortable through the night.

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The cheapest trip from San Diego to Santa Barbara was searched and found on Apr 20, 2024 with a price of $29

To save money and be sure you have the best seat, it's a good idea to buy your bus tickets from San Diego to Santa Barbara, as early as possible.

You can expect to pay from $29 to $51 for a bus ticket from San Diego to Santa Barbara based on the last 2 days. You can expect to find the cheapest price for the trip at $29 which is on 2024-04-20.

Usually Amtrak will charge you higher prices for tickets closer to the departure date. To find the best prices, you should be flexible on your date of travel.

About Bus Travel

Bus Travel Tips

If you're abroad, study some local language. Not only could it get you out of a pickle during your bus trip from San Diego to Santa Barbara but it'll also be endearing to native speakers who will surely appreciate your effort.

Much more than a mere vehicle taking you from San Diego to Santa Barbara, riding the bus will expose you to some of the most stunning panoramas while enroute to your final bus stop.

Buses are energy-efficient. Carrying a passenger over 100 kms by coach only takes 0.6-0.9 liters of gas. Compare that to the 2.6 liters required by high-speed train, 6.6 liters by airplane and 7.6 liters by gas-powered car, and it's clear that the bus is a more environmentally-conscious option for your bus transportation from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

Tune out to the fine sounds of your best music playlist on your bus trip from San Diego to Santa Barbara while indulging in miles on end of beautiful scenic views.

Did you know?

The average number of passengers on a coach bus is 32 meaning that a bus could replace a minimum of at least 30 cars!

The word 'bus' is an abbreviation of 'omnibus" which means 'for all' in Latin as buses were meant to be transportation for everybody.

9.2% of ground transportation in Europe is done by bus versus 7.4% by train.

Will you be returning to San Diego by bus?

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Train from San Diego to Santa Barbara

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