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UCSB Campus

City of Santa Barbara

Arriving by air


For your convenience, we recommend flying to Santa Barbara Airport (SBA), located right by the UCSB campus. An Uber from SBA to campus takes only 5 minutes and costs $8. An Uber from SBA to downtown Santa Barbara takes 12 minutes and costs about $22.


If you fly to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), you can take the Airbus to Santa Barbara, which takes 2h30 and costs $55 each way (or $100 round trip, if reserved in advance).

If you are more than one person, consider renting a car and driving from LAX to Santa Barbara, which takes about 1h45.

Transportation to/from downtown SB

UCSB campus and Santa Barbara downtown are about 9 miles apart, joined by US Highway 101.

  • By car, it takes about 15 minutes.

  • An Uber typically costs $22 (but may be higher in case of surge).

  • By bus, it takes 20 minutes on the 24X (UCSB express). Fare is $1.75 on the bus, and $1.15 if you buy a 10-ride pass that can be shared. We recommend checking the schedule, as the interval between buses can be up to 30 minutes.

Climate and clothing

Summer weather in Santa Barbara is very pleasant. Days are warm but not too hot (75ºF, 24ºC), and nights are cool (55ºF, 13ºC). We recommend bringing a sweater or light jacket for evenings. UCSB is a walking campus, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.


UCSB Campus
Santa Barbara
California, United States
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