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Santa Barbara - Getting there & away, getting around

Santa Barbara - Getting there & away

The small Santa Barbara Municipal Airport in Goleta, some 8mi (13 km) west of downtown off Hwy 101, has scheduled flights to and from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix and other US cities.

The Santa Barbara Airbus shuttles between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Santa Barbara 14 times daily. The Amtrak depot is on lower State St, and has direct train and coach service to Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. Greyhound has up to nine daily buses to Los Angeles and up to seven to San Francisco. If arriving or leaving by car the quickest route is by Hwy 101, which runs right through Santa Barbara; for downtown Santa Barbara, take the Garden St or Cabrillo Blvd exits.

Getting around Santa Barbara

Buses operated by Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District travel all over Santa Barbara and its satellites, including Goleta and Montecito. The Downtown-Waterfront Shuttle bus runs every 10 to 15 minutes along State St to Stearns Wharf. A second route travels from the zoo to the yacht harbor at 30-minute intervals. Avis, Budget and Hertz rent-a-car services all have outlets in the Santa Barbara Airport main terminal as well as downtown, but keep an eye out for the smaller and sometimes cheaper local car rental companies.

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