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Taking Transit in Santa Barbara County
In Santa Barbara County, residents, visitors, and workers have access to some of the best bus and train services in the nation. There are many benefits associated with taking transit for short and long trips. As a commuter you can save thousands of dollars a year on gas and car operation costs, and put aside up to $130/month pre-tax to cover fares, but it doesn't stop there. Beyond the cash savings are reductions in stress and traffic, improved air quality, and amenities such as free wireless internet on many of the regional services. And if you're a commuter, you don't have to worry about getting stranded at work because Traffic Solutions offers an Emergency Ride Home Program for bus and train commuters, as well as carpoolers and vanpoolers.

Reclaim your time and find a service that fits your commute in the list provided below. Call 963-SAVE for assistance and questions about transit or the many other rideshare options in our county.

Santa Barbara County Transit Services:

(in alphabetical order)

Listed below you will find transit services that serve residents and workers in Santa Barbara County, complete with contact information and links. Area codes are (805) unless otherwise noted. For a PDF guide on all transportation, both public and private throughout the County of Santa Barbara, please see SBCAG's Transit resource guide in English and in Spanish.

AMTRAK: The Pacific Surfliner offers five trains a day coming into Santa Barbara from the south, with two continuing to San Luis Obispo. It has modern bi-level cars with panoramic windows, reclining seats with footrests, outlets for laptops, and bike and surfboard racks (some trains may still require bikes to be boxed). View Amtrak's latest routes for Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight, or call 1-800-USA-RAIL. Efforts to improve rail include Santa Barbara On-TRAC (short term) and 101 in Motion (long term).

DISCOUNT TICKETS: Check out Amtrak's 50% discounted 10-Ride Multi-Ride discounts for Oxnard/Ventura to SB/Goleta. Amtrak also offers one-time 20% discount tickets for the Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® and San Joaquins® trains through Santa Barbara Car Free.

The Pacific Surfliner Joint Powers Authority has created a consolidated rail service timetable that includes the Pacific Surfliner regional rail service and the Metrolink and Coaster commuter services. The joint schedule was designed to be able to be printed at home on legal sized paper and will be updated when any of the three services are revised.

Breeze: Weekday commuter bus service linking Santa Maria, Vandenberg AFB and Lompoc as well as new service connecting Santa Maria to Los Alamos, Solvang and Buellton. $2 cash fare, $10 and $20 value cards, and $75 monthly passes. Discounts available for senior/Medicare/ADA travelers. Passes and value cards can be purchased onboard the bus, and value cards are also available for purchase at many locations in Santa Maria, Lompoc and Orcutt. Call 1-800-417-2137 for more information.

Central Coast Shuttle to LAX: Santa Maria, Buellton, Santa Barbara, Ventura, LAX

Chumash Casino Bus: Shuttles serving the Chumash Casino from Santa Maria, Lompoc, and Goleta.  1-800-CHUMASH.

Clean Air Express: A weekday commuter bus program serving residents of Northern Santa Barbara County and the Valley (Santa Maria, Lompoc, Solvang and Buellton) commuting to their jobs in Goleta and Santa Barbara, providing a fast, convenient, and money-saving way to get to work. Fares are $150 for a monthly pass, $50 for a 10-Ride pass, and $7 cash for a single ride.  Passes can be purchased at the City of Lompoc (COLT) office, the Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT) office, the MTD Transit Center in Santa Barbara, or through the mail. For more information, visit the CAE website or call 692-1902.

VISTA Coastal Express:  Provides daily service between Oxnard, Ventura, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and, during peak hours, Goleta and UCSB. There is also a new loop that serves Ventura and Carpinteria exclusively. Fares are $105.00 per calendar month or $3.00 per ride. Call 800-438-1112 or visit VISTA for complete route and schedule information listed under "Coastal Express" and "Weekday Commuter Service." Download the PDF of timetables for easier printing.

Coastal Express Limited 

Coastal Express Limited: The Coastal Express Limited is a separately operated and managed commuter bus service that offers reduced trip times to Goleta and Santa Barbara from the Ventura County Government Center. It also serves new locations that haven't been served by the VISTA Coastal Express. Fares are $4 per ride, $35 for a ten-ride pass, and $120 for an unlimited 30 day pass. VISTA Coastal Express passes are not valid on the new Coastal Express Limited. Download the PDF schedule or visit MTD or call (805) 883-4276 for more info. (Extended service areas and weekend service between Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties are available with the VISTA Coastal Express listed above.)

COLT (City of Lompoc Transit) Serving Lompoc, Vandenberg Village and Mission Hills. Regular one-way fares are $1.25 (within the City of Lompoc) and $2.00 (outside the City). Monthly passes are available for $40 (unlimited use within the City) and $60 (unlimited use outside the City). New - Wine Country Express provides service between Lompoc, Buellton, and Solvang for $2. New - service to Santa Barbara $6 - One round trip each Tuesday and Thursday leaving from Mission Plaza. For more information call 736-7666.

Easy Lift: Provides Dial-a-Ride service on the South Coast from Ellwood (Goleta) through Carpinteria. Dial-a-Ride service is restricted to disabled individuals who are not able to use MTD and fares are $3.50. To make reservations, call 681-1181. Youth organizations in Santa Barbara County may also inquire about service for their youth outings.

Greyhound: Provides several inter-city bus trips daily between San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles. For fares and schedules click here or call
1-800-231-2222.
 

Guadalupe Flyer:  Providing service between Guadalupe and Santa Maria. Regular one-way fare is $1.50. Monthly passes are available for $45. For more information, call 922-8476.

Guadalupe Shuttle: Providing transportation anywhere within the city of Guadalupe, Monday through Friday. Regular one-way fare is $0.50.
 

MTD  (Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District): Serving Carpinteria, Summerland, Santa Barbara and Goleta. Regular one-way fare is $1.75 and ten-ride passes may be purchased for $11.50. MTD also operates the Downtown-Waterfront Shuttle, with service along State Street and Cabrillo Blvd. The shuttle fare is 25 cents each way. For more information, call 963-3366.
Roadrunner logo Roadrunner Shuttle and Limousine Service: National airport shuttle and limo service for all major airports, with service in Santa Barbara County.

RTA-Route 10 (San Luis Obispo): Serving Santa Maria, Nipomo, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo. Fares range from $1 to $2.75, depending on distance traveled. For more information, call 805-541-2228.

Santa Barbara Air Bus to LAX: Service for Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria, to and from LAX, as well as San Pedro and Long Beach ports.

Santa Ynez Valley Transit: Serving Santa Ynez, Buellton, and Solvang. Regular one-way fare is $1.50. Dial-A-Ride service for seniors.  For more information, call 688-5452.

SMAT (Santa Maria Area Transit): Serving Santa Maria, Orcutt and Tanglewood. Regular passes are $1.25 ($1 for students and only $.60 for seniors and persons with disabilities).  SMAT also provides ADA paratransit services: $1.25 per ride, must be ADA eligible and submit application.  For more information, call 805-928-5624.

SMOOTH (Santa Maria Organiztion of Transportation Helpers): See Guadalupe Flyer, Guadalupe Shuttle, and Los Alamos Shuttle. SMOOTH also has a Health Shuttle with service from Santa Maria/Guadalupe/Lompoc/Santa Ynez/Solvang to Santa Barbara as well as Senior Dial-a-Ride for seniors making any trips within the Santa Maria/Orcutt area. Call SMOOTH at 922-0146 or 922-8476. Rides are $1.00 to $3.00 each way depending on service and locations.
 

SuperRide SuperRide: Santa Barbara Airport shuttle and tours. 204 Moffett Place, Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 683-9636
 

VISTA Coastal Express:  Provides daily service between Oxnard, Ventura, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and, during peak hours, Goleta and UCSB. There is also a new loop that serves Ventura and Carpinteria exclusively. Fares are $105.00 per calendar month or $3.00 per ride. Call 800-438-1112 or visit VISTA for complete route and schedule information listed under "Coastal Express" and "Weekday Commuter Service." PDF of timetables for easier printing.

Wine Country Express: Provides service between Lompoc, Buellton, and Solvang for $2.

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