Santa Barbara station

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Santa Barbara, CA
Location209 State Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
United States
Coordinates34°24′49″N 119°41′33″W / 34.41361°N 119.69250°W / 34.41361; -119.69250Coordinates: 34°24′49″N 119°41′33″W / 34.41361°N 119.69250°W / 34.41361; -119.69250
Owned byRedevelopment Agency of the City of Santa Barbara
Line(s)Coast Line
Platforms1 side platform, 1 island platform
ConnectionsThruway Motorcoach, MTD Downtown Shuttle
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeSBA
Passengers (2017)341,899[1]Increase 1.13% (Amtrak)
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
San Luis Obispo
toward Seattle
Coast Starlight Oxnard
Goleta Pacific Surfliner Carpinteria
Southern Pacific Train Depot
Santa Barbara station is located in California
Santa Barbara station
Site of station in California
Santa Barbara station is located in the United States
Santa Barbara station
Santa Barbara station (the United States)
Location209 State St., Santa Barbara, California
Area4 acres (1.6 ha)
ArchitectWilson, Francis W.
Architectural styleMission/Spanish Revival
NRHP reference #06000658[2]
Added to NRHPAugust 2, 2006

Santa Barbara is a passenger rail station in Santa Barbara, California, served by two Amtrak lines, the Coast Starlight and the Pacific Surfliner. The Coast Starlight runs once daily in each direction between Los Angeles and Seattle, Washington. The Pacific Surfliner trains serving this station run ten times daily (five in each direction) between San Diego and the Santa Barbara suburb of Goleta, with two of those running in each direction to/from San Luis Obispo further to the north. The station is fully staffed with ticketing and checked-baggage services. This Station is located in Santa Barbara County.


1910 postcard

The station was built in 1902 by the Southern Pacific Railroad in the Spanish Mission Revival Style. Design work was by Santa Barbara architect Francis W. Wilson.[3] It is located within walking distance of Santa Barbara Harbor, Stearns Wharf and State Street, Santa Barbara's main thoroughfare. The historic depot was renovated in 2000; the project included the restoration of the ticket office and upgrades to the plumbing, electrical and heating and cooling systems.[4]

Due to the length of the platform, when Amtrak's Coast Starlight train is stopped, it blocks the two streets to the north and south of the depot.[5]

Of the 74 California stations served by Amtrak, Santa Barbara was the 15th-busiest in FY2012, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 834 passengers daily, and serving a total of 304,382 passengers in FY2012.[6]

The station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 2, 2006.[2]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

Northbound  Coast Starlight toward Seattle (San Luis Obispo)
 Pacific Surfliner toward San Luis Obispo (Goleta)
Southbound  Coast Starlight toward Los Angeles (Oxnard)
 Pacific Surfliner toward San Diego-Union Station (Carpinteria)


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2017, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  3. ^ Starr, Kevin (1991). Material Dreams: Southern California Through the 1920s. Oxford University Press. p. 260. ISBN 978-0-19-507260-0.
  4. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed February 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "Train Web: Santa Barbara".
  6. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2012, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-11.

External links[edit]

Media related to Santa Barbara station at Wikimedia Commons