New Early Morning Train Service to Santa Barbara and Goleta

New early-morning train service to Santa Barbara and Goleta will make it possible to ride the Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® to work. Relax in your seat and enjoy beautiful ocean views. Grab a hot coffee and a muffin or bagel from the Café car. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi and power outlets. You’ll arrive at work refreshed and ready for the day. And on the way home, you can relax and unwind instead of battling traffic.
Coming in Spring 2018

The early morning service will begin April 2, 2018 through a partnership with the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), the California State Transportation Agency, and the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency.

Regions & Stops: The new service will stop at all major Pacific Surfliner stations between Los Angeles and Goleta. Stations serving Ventura and Santa Barbara County commuters are Simi Valley, Moorpark, Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, and Goleta.

Planned Service Implementation: April 2, 2018

Schedule: The rescheduled morning train will pick up at Ventura County Stations and arrive in Santa Barbara at 6:47 AM and Goleta between 7:00 and 7:16 AM. The afternoon southbound train will continue to depart at its current time, leaving Goleta at 4:25 PM and Santa Barbara at 4:40 PM.

  • Morning Times — Camarillo: 5:46 — Oxnard: 5:58 — Ventura 6:12 — Carpinteria 6:34 — Santa Barbara 6:47 — Goleta 7:16. (With good timing, the Goleta arrival will often be earlier than scheduled.)
  • Afternoon Return Times — Goleta: 4:25 — Santa Barbara: 4:40 — Carpinteria: 4:55 — Ventura: 5:26 — Oxnard: 5:40 — Camarillo: 5:56.

Cost: As opposed to paying normal Pacific Surfliner fares, riders will benefit from a special pricing structure offered by SBCAG. Discounts will be applied on monthly passes and 10-ride passes for riders who travel from Ventura County to Santa Barbara County as well as those who travel from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara and Goleta. Everyday discounts for the Pacific Surfliner are available for seniors, students, families, passengers with disabilities, and AAA members.

  • Special Fare: Ventura County to Santa Barbara County
    • Unlimited Monthly Pass: $150
    • Ten-Ride Pass: $50
    • Single-Ride Pass: Variable cost, not discounted
  • Special Fare: Carpinteria to Santa Barbara and Goleta
    • Unlimited Monthly Pass: $80
    • Ten-Ride Pass: $30
    • Single-Ride Pass: Variable cost, not discounted

FREE Trial-Passes in April: SBCAG Traffic Solutions is offering FREE trial 10-ride and monthly passes throughout April 2018! Register using the form on this page to receive your complimentary passes. NOTE: If the form will not display in your browser, please try refreshing the page or email to register. 

Connections to your Workplace: Free SB MTD shuttle buses will run from the Santa Barbara and Goleta Train Stations to employer locations in downtown Santa Barbara, at Cottage Hospital, and along Hollister Avenue. Additionally, we’re collaborating with major employers such as UCSB, SBCC, and Cottage Hospital to create direct connections for employees.

Ride Coastal Express for Free: Train passes will also be valid on all VCTC Coastal Express buses, serving multiple locations in Goleta, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Ventura, and Oxnard.

Bikes & Lockers: Bike lockers will be available for free at Santa Barbara and Goleta stations for passengers who’d like to ride the last mile to work. Additionally, the train can fit 6 standard sized bicycles on board. Lockers and spots on-board the train are available by reservation only. More details to come.

Train Information: Visit to learn more about the onboard experience, stations, current schedules, and more. Please note: The new morning train service and special pricing will not be available on the Amtrak website until April 1, 2018.

Fares, routes, schedules, and services are subject to change without notice. Amtrak, Surfliner, and Pacific Surfliner are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation and used with permission.