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Visa to the USA

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How to get to Santa-Barbara (from website)

By Car
From the south or north, follow U.S. Highway 101 and the Pacific Coast Highway, which become the same road at various stages. Santa Barbara is just a 90-mile drive (144 km) from Los Angeles; we recommend taking the scenic route along Highway 1 via Malibu. From San Francisco, we're just 325 miles (523 km) down the road. Again, if you have time, take the slower route along two-lane Highway One through Big Sur and Cambria to gaze at stunning views along the way-this section of the PCH is one of the nation's most famous drives. But those views are just a prelude of what lies ahead. Santa Barbara's scenery rivals the best on the planet.

By Rail
Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner travels 12 times daily between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. The Coast Starlight journeys daily between Los Angeles and Seattle, with stops in Oakland/San Francisco, Sacramento and Portland. Both trains stop at the Amtrak station in downtown Santa Barbara at 209 State Street. The Pacific Surfliner also stops in Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe, Santa Maria and Surf/Lompoc. Info: 800.USA.RAIL,

By Air

Fly nonstop to the Santa Barbara Airport from Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle via five commercial airlines. It's just 10 miles north of downtown.
FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE for participants residing in the Sierra Madre Villages.
You must phone upon arrival (phone number will be provided in a confirmation that will be sent out later) if you wish to use our free shuttle service to UCSB from the Santa Barbara Airport or from the Santa Barbara Airbus Goleta drop-off site. The shuttle will not automatically be at either location. We will pick you up within 10-15 minutes of receiving your call, and you will be driven to the Sierra Madre Villages. Our shuttle operates between 7am and 10pm. NOTE: For safety reasons, and in accordance with California’s Child Passenger Safety Law, we cannot provide shuttle services for families with children who are not at least 8 years old or at least 4’9” unless the family provides its own car/booster seat. If you do not have your own car/booster seat, you will need to take a taxi.

Los Angeles Airport (LAX) : website (shuttle AIRBUS from LAX to SB :