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Santa Monica - Santa Barbara, HELP!

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1. Posted by DaniAJ10 (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

Hey guys,

Anybody have any idea on the cheapest and easiest way to get to Santa Monica to Santa Barbara???

Hope you can help!

2. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 284 posts) 7y

Take the train.

Amtrak leaves from Downtown Los Angeles (Union Station, on Alameda), so you would just need to get yourself to the station to/from Santa Monica.

You have an option on two trains. The Coast Starlight (all-reserved train between LA and Seattle) and the Pacific Surfliner, more of a commuter train with open seating. For some reason, the Starlight is a bit cheaper ($16 USD one way) than the Surfliner ($25 USD one way). Both stop in Santa Barbara. Fares will vary a bit depending on the time of year you travel.

Click on http://tickets.amtrak.com/itd/amtrak and enter city codes LAX and SBA and your date of travel. All options and prices for that date will appear.

Any problems, send a PM.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 7y

If you were going roundtrip, then a car rental would be the way to go (presuming you are old enough to rent a car). The drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara is about 2 hours each way.

Renting a car to go one direction only is not a good idea, however--as the dropoff fees are generally exorbitant.

Enjoy

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Quoting Calcruzer

If you were going roundtrip, then a car rental would be the way to go (presuming you are old enough to rent a car). The drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara is about 2 hours each way.
Renting a car to go one direction only is not a good idea, however--as the dropoff fees are generally exorbitant.
Enjoy

Dani,
Gary is right to mention age when renting an auto in the US. I see you are 20. You will pay an extra charge per day when renting. Almost all rental companies charge extra for those under 25. Compare train fare versus renting a car and then you can choose the best option for you. Good luck with your planning.