The cheapest times to fly from SBA to CAE are

  • January 1st to February 25th
  • April 16th to May 6th
  • August 6th to October 7th
  • October 22nd to November 18th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from SBA to CAE is early September. Prices can be as high as $1098 for Sunday flights during mid to late November, or as low as $342 for Wednesday flights around early September.


When to Fly to Columbia

Flying from Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) to Columbia, SC (CAE) will usually cost between $364 to $841 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $398. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid to late November, with an average price of $761. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $364 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $525 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SBA to CAE flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SBA to CAE route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

SBA to CAE Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SBA to CAE flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Santa Barbara. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.15, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $318 (42%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $416. Return trip prices are from the CAE to SBA flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SBA to CAE can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 56 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from SBA to CAE while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC

  • 89 miles (143 km) away from CAE
  • Usually 23.74% less expensive than CAE
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBA to CLT flights

Destination alternative #2: Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) in Greer, SC

  • 91 miles (146 km) away from CAE
  • Usually 7.24% less expensive than CAE
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBA to GSP flights

Destination alternative #3: Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) in Savannah, GA

  • 125 miles (201 km) away from CAE
  • Usually 6.01% less expensive than CAE
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBA to SAV flights

Destination alternative #4: Charleston AFB/International Airport (CHS) in Charleston, SC

  • 95 miles (153 km) away from CAE
  • Usually 1.43% less expensive than CAE
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBA to CHS flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SBA to CAE? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 3 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Columbia Metropolitan Airport to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2199 miles or 3539 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SBA to CAE?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SBA to CAE flight is about 4 hour 56 minutes.

How many flights go between Santa Barbara, CA and Columbia, SC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 20 available flights from SBA to CAE.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSBA
Origination airport nameSanta Barbara Municipal Airport
CitySanta Barbara, CA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeCAE
Destination airport nameColumbia Metropolitan Airport
CityColumbia, SC
Countrythe United States


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