Getting Around in Santa Barbara

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Set amidst the breathtaking California coast, Santa Barbara boasts fine weather, gorgeous Mission style architecture, not to mention hundreds of charming shops and restaurants. Heralded as the American Riviera, it’s no wonder hosts of tourists descend upon this city year round. Thankfully Santa Barbara makes it easy for visitors to explore the town’s popular attractions with limited hassle.

Buses

Run by the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District, city buses offer the most convenient form of public transportation in town. With one-way fares starting at $1.75, travelers can easily maneuver their way throughout the region, including Goleta, Isla Vista, Carpinteria and the Santa Barbara Mission district.

Shuttles

SBMTD also offers convenient shuttles from downtown to the waterfront district for only 25 cents. A State Street shuttle, for a quarter as well, caters to the hordes of shoppers and tourists that pack the busy thoroughfare.

Cars

A car remains an advisable option for those who wish to embark on nearby day trips. The Santa Barbara Airport houses Budget and Hertz offices, however other major car rental services can be found throughout the city as well.

Taxis

Although you won’t necessarily be able to flag one down on just any street, Santa Barbara does offer at least five taxi companies for your convenience. Tourists will need to call ahead to schedule a pick-up.

Roller Skates and Bikes

Those who wish to explore Santa Barbara’s waterfront district can find bicycles and roller skates for rent right on the beach.

Walking

With most of the tourist hotspots located in one compact area, Santa Barbara remains a city best viewed on foot. Lovely year-round weather only encourages walking.

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