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Bicycle Ride in Santa Barbara (We're going to Santa Barbara on the Amtrak Train)

Join us for a day trip in Santa Barbara!

We're going to Santa Barbara on the Amtrak train. The train ride is comfortable and a great way to meet and get to know the members of our group. 

When we get to Santa Barbara we'll be riding the 22.4 mile Santa Barbara Streets & Paths Bicycle Route after lunch.  This bike ride is great for riders who can bike 22.4 miles roundtrip on mostly flat terrain at a speed of 12 to 14 miles per hour.

Santa Barbara is a beautiful town with whitewashed walls, red tile roofs, gentle slopes, rolling waves, swaying fronds, stately churches and private estates. 

If you have any friends that live in Santa Barbara please invite them to join us at the train station in Santa Barbara when we arrive. It's always fun to meet people who live in the area.


On Saturday, September 28, 2013 we'll take these Amtrak trains:

Pacific Surfliner 763 departs Van Nuys at 9:36 AM and arrives in Santa Barbara at 11:40 AM.

Pacific Surfliner 796 departs Santa Barbara at 6:58 PM and arrives Van Nuys at 9:05 PM.



You can join the train in other cities on the route like Glendale or Burbank. The return train terminates in Glendale and will not return to Los Angeles Union Station, so it is best to start at and return to the same train station where your car is parked at.


$38.40 roundtrip with the Santa Barbara Car Free Train 20% Discount offer (normally $48.00 without the discount.)

You are responsible for purchasing your own Amtrak ticket or making your own transportation arrangements to meet the group in Santa Barbara.


To purchase your train ticket for travel utilize the Santa Barbara Car Free 20% Discount offer on their website by going to You must register on this website to obtain the link to purchase your discount ticket on Amtrak's site. Have your information and credit card ready because you'll need to purchase your ticket online immediately. 

Make sure you click the link "Add bike to trip" if you are bringing your bike on the train. A bicycle slot must be reserved in advance when you buy your ticket.

You can't use the discount for purchasing a ticket on board the train, nor at a train station nor on the phone from Amtrak.  You must purchase your ticket at least 3 days in advance to get the 20% discount by Tuesday, September 24, 2013. This offer is available only on the regular adult fare and can't be combined with any other discounts. 



Please buy your train ticket as soon as possible. There are a limited number of bicycle slots available on each train.

Once you've purchased your round trip train ticket, please post a comment “TICKET PURCHASED" in the box below that says "join the conversation!" 



There is FREE parking at the Van Nuys Amtrak/Metrolink Station. There is free parking at some other train stations too. 



9:00 AM Meet at Van Nuys Amtrak/Metrolink Station

9:36 AM to 11:40 AM Depart Van Nuys on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner 763 to Santa Barbara

11:40 AM to 1:00 PM visit the Seasonal, Organic and Local Food Festival (just 4 blocks from train station at Vera Cruz Park) and have lunch.

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Santa Barbara Streets & Paths Bicycle Ride (22.4 miles)

This bicycle ride will take us through Downtown Santa Barbara passing historical buildings. We'll ride on different bike-laned streets and enjoy several miles of bike paths through the exclusive Hope Ranch area. We'll pull off the road for amazing views of the ocean and Channel Islands from 200 feet above the surf just outside Hope Ranch. At the end of the ride there's a swooping downhill road on Shoreline Drive back to the Dolphin Fountain on the pier.

• To print out the bicycle route map and ride sheet CLICK HERE.

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Dinner at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company located at the end of the Santa Barbara Pier at 230 Stearns Wharf which specializes in live lobsters and seafood. Check out their menu by CLICKING HERE.

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM (or after finishing dinner) head back toward the Santa Barbara Train Station (just a couple of blocks away.) Ride your bike along the waterfront as time permits to get to Santa Barbara Train Station.

6:58 PM to 9:05 PM Return from Santa Barbara on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner 796 to Van Nuys. 


Please be advised that you are required to wear a helmet, and you must be at least 18 years old to come on this bike trip.

Bring 2 spare tubes and a small pump or CO2 cartridges, levers and a patch kit in case of a flat tire.

- Bring your bicycle in good working condition with tires properly inflated and the bike chain lubricated prior to the ride.

- Bring extra food such as power bars to eat and a water to drink to prevent dehydration.

- Wear sunscreen to prevent a sunburn. Also bring a first aid kit if you have one.

- Bring a bike lock. Do not leave your bike unattended at any time.

- Bring your cell phone.

- Bring a TAP card if you plan to return on the Metro or you can buy one at the station.

- Bring cash for lunch. The restaurant only accepts cash for payment.

Bring a sweater or jacket for the air conditioned train


If you'll need to rent a bicycle in Santa Barbara for a half day for an additional cost of $32 for a hybrid to $51 for a road bike check Wheel Fun Rentals at 22 State Street by CLICKING HERE


This Meetup group, it's organizers and members take no responsibility for any injuries nor accidents that may occur during events. By joining this bike ride you take full responsibility for your own safety. Please ensure that you are in good health before participating and understand that there is risk involved in your participation. This Meetup group does not certify the qualifications of it's organizers or trip leaders, and they are not responsible in any way for your safety. We are all just participants.


This event is crossposted in other Meetup groups. 

You'll also have the chance to meet:

2 Adventure People from "Adventure People"

2 Adventurers from "Adventure-Us"

3 Outdoor Adventurers from "Great Outdoors - Los Angeles"

4 Cyclists from "West Los Angeles Cycling Club"

3 outdoor enthusiasts from "LA Outdoors"

A total of 12 people are expected to attend!

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  • Louis

    This was an excellent trip! Bike riding in Santa Barbara had spectacular views of the mountains and oceans. We had a great group of 10 people originally on the bike ride. Want to do this trip again?

    September 30, 2013

  • Louis

    Once you've purchased your train ticket, please post a comment that says “TICKET PURCHASED" in the "join the conversation!" section so we know you are coming. All the bicycle slots are sold out. See above information for bike rentals.

    September 23, 2013

  • Louis

    *** SERVICE ALERT ***

    The return train terminates in Glendale and will not continue on to Los Angeles Union Station. It's best to start at the same station you'll be returning to because that's where your car is parked at. I am departing from and returning to Van Nuys.

    The train stops in Glendale, Burbank, Van Nuys, Northridge, Chatsworth, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, Carpenteria, and Santa Barbara.

    September 5, 2013

  • Louis


    August 31, 2013

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