The cheapest times to fly from GJT to SBA are

  • January 8th to February 4th
  • April 16th to June 17th (except the week of May 14th)
  • August 13th to November 11th (except the weeks of August 20th and September 3rd)

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 GJT to SBA is late May to early June. Prices can be as high as $635 for Sunday flights during mid to late November, or as low as $258 for Wednesday flights around late May to early June.


When to Fly to Santa Barbara

Flying from Grand Junction, CO (GJT) to Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) will usually cost between $272 to $489 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late May to early June with an average ticket price of $356. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid to late November, with an average price of $478. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $122 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $416 can be considered a good price for a round-trip GJT to SBA flight.

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

GJT to SBA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the GJT to SBA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Grand Junction. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.37, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SBA, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into GJT. 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 $170 (37%) 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 $302. Return trip prices are from the SBA to GJT 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 GJT to SBA can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 15 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 GJT to SBA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Long Beach, CA

  • 105 miles (169 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 11.67% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See GJT to LGB flights

Destination alternative #2: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA

  • 88 miles (142 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 5.54% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See GJT to LAX flights

Destination alternative #3: Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, CA

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 1.32% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See GJT to BUR flights


Flight Hacking GJT to SBA

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from GJT to SBA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Salt Lake City, UT (GJT > SLC > SBA)

  • Price for both tickets: $368
  • Average savings: $48 (11.55%)

See GJT to SLC flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport to Grand Junction Regional Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 704 miles or 1133 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop GJT to SBA flight is about 2 hour 15 minutes.

How many flights go between Grand Junction, CO and Santa Barbara, CA?

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


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeGJT
Origination airport nameGrand Junction Regional Airport
CityGrand Junction, CO
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

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


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