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By Car
Santa Barbara is located 332 mi./531 km. south of San Francisco and 92 mi./147 km. north of Los Angeles - an easy trip by car.

By Plane
The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport - (805) 683-4011 - serves the area and is located 8 miles from downtown.

By Train
If you're feeling energetic, hop on the train and then take a leisurely stroll from our historic Amtrak station - (805) 963-1015 - through lower downtown, to the event. If you prefer, taxi service is available from the station or hop on the downtown shuttle, which stops just across the street on State Street.

Around Town
Public transportation is the best way to get around downtown and is highly recommended the day of our Pride Festival. Our Downtown-Waterfront Shuttles offer frequent service along State Street and Cabrillo Blvd. Shuttles run every 10-30 minutes (depending on location) and run from 10:30 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. Visit their website at or call (805) MTD-3702.

Santa Barbara Car Free
Santa Barbara Car Free is a cooperative initiative led by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, with many other partners. The project's goal is to encourage car free, carefree transportation to, and around, Santa Barbara, to promote cleaner air. The program has received a grant of federal transportation monies, and is currently using existing promotional tools and developing new ones to help tourists and residents "take a vacation from their cars." Visit their website at for many alternative ways to get around Santa Barbara.

For information on additional kinds of transportation, including bus, car rental and shuttle services, visit our Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission or the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization.

Click here for detailed maps of the area.
Parking Information

Parking structures/lots are plentiful and offer visitors convenient access to the downtown area; however, if you are visiting Santa Barbara during our Pride Festival, be prepared for a short walk to De La Guerra Plaza.

  • Parking is free for the first 75 minutes; after that, fees apply.
  • There is no parking at the Plaza the day of the event and street parking is limited and timed (75 minutes free, after which citations are issued).
  • Keep in mind that downtown lots generally fill up quickly on weekends - especially between the hours of 1-5 p.m.

Visit our Santa Barbara City Government parking page or the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization for more information on parking.

Support the arts!
One thing everyone can do is purchase the California Arts Council license plate for their car or truck.

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