Transportation

Santa Barbara isn’t a huge city; if you’re in good shape, either your own two feet or a bike will get you many of the places you’ll want to go. If you’re interested in other options besides walking or biking, you’ll find them explained below.

Water Taxi

The Li'l Toot Water Taxi Docked in Santa Barbara Harbor, Right in Front of the Maritime Museum.

The Li’l Toot Water Taxi Docked in Santa Barbara Harbor, Right in Front of the Maritime Museum.

The Li’l Toot water taxi looks like it would be a fun way to get from Santa Barbara Harbor to Stearns Wharf, or vice versa. No need to call them to make reservations; just show up at one of their stops. Get more details: Santa Barbara Water Taxi.

Santa Barbara Taxi Cab Companies

We’ve compiled a brief list of local cab companies for your convenience.

If you’re planning to go out to the bars in Santa Barbara, or if you’ll be drinking alcoholic beverages at all, we encourage you to print out this list of cab companies and USE IT to call a cab for getting back and forth. You absolutely do not want to drink and drive in Santa Barbara — for your own safety, for the safety of others, and for your own driving record too. The drunk driving laws in Santa Barbara are strictly enforced.

Santa Barbara Bus

The bus in Santa Barbara is reasonably affordable. It tends to get crowded at peak hours. It isn’t the quickest way to get around town, but if you aren’t in a hurry it’s a perfectly acceptable way to get around. You can call them at (805) 963-3366 for trip planning help. You’ll find more information at the SB MTD website.