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Getting There & Away

Ventura is about 30 miles southeast of Santa Barbara via Hwy 101. Amtrak operates five daily trains north to Santa Barbara ($15, 45 minutes) via Carpinteria and south to LA ($24, 2¼ hours). Amtrak’s platform station is unstaffed; buy tickets in advance online or by phone. VCTC runs several daily ‘Coastal Express’ buses between downtown Ventura and Santa Barbara ($3, 40 to 70 minutes) via Carpinteria; check online or call for schedules.