Getting to Santa Barbara

We thank you all for making the trip to our new home, Santa Barbara, and hope these tips will help you find the best travel options!

Santa Barbara (SBA)

Distance to SB: 11 miles (13 minutes without traffic, up to 28 minutes with commute traffic)

Eric & Mere Pro Tips:

  • Small and stress-free! We love this airport.

  • Short Uber/Lyft from downtown SB

  • American and United are the largest airlines servicing SBA

  • Airport so small they don’t actually have security in the arrivals pickup lane telling you to move (just ask Meredith, who once waited 45 minutes to pickup Clare Brown directly in front of the terminal!)

Burbank (BUR)

Distance to SB: 96 miles (1.5 hours without traffic, up to 3 hours with commute traffic)

Eric & Mere Pro Tips:

  • Our #2 choice after SBA

  • Most major airlines service BUR

  • Rent a car, or take the “Surfliner” train from the airport to downtown Santa Barbara (includes WiFi and a beverage car for those who need to work or work on your buzz.. scroll down for more details!)

Los Angeles (LAX)

Distance to SB: 96 miles (2 hours without traffic, up to 4 hours with commute traffic)

Eric & Mere Pro Tips:

  • Highest likelihood of direct flights

  • LA is known for its terrible traffic, try to avoid having to drive from LAX to SB during commute hours if possible

  • If time allows, take Highway 1 (PCH) up the coast and enjoy the views!

  • Consider taking the SB Airbus shuttle service to and from Santa Barbara. Here is a link to their website.

 
 
 

Take the train from Burbank (BUR) airport!

The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, which runs from Santa Barbara (5 min walk from Hotel Californian) to San Diego, provides regular weekday and weekend service to the Airport at the Burbank Airport-South Train Station (located 5-10 minutes from the airport Terminal).

To find Amtrak train arrivals and departure times, please visit the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner website.

Views!

Views!

BYOB or enjoy the Surfliner Beverage Car

BYOB or enjoy the Surfliner Beverage Car

Train Station 2 blocks from Hotel Californian!

Train Station 2 blocks from Hotel Californian!

Uber / Lyft in Santa Barbara

It is easy to. get an Uber or Lyft anywhere in Santa Barbara, so no need to rent a car if you fly into SBA or take the train from BUR.