The cheapest times to fly from GRU to SBA are

  • January 22nd to February 11th
  • April 2nd to June 10th (except the weeks of April 9th and May 7th)
  • August 13th to November 25th (except the week of November 12th)

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 GRU to SBA is early September. Prices can be as high as $2594 for Friday flights during early January, or as low as $1296 for Tuesday flights around early September.


When to Fly to Santa Barbara

Flying from Sao Paulo (GRU) to Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) will usually cost between $1324 to $1954 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 $1328. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $2289. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $961 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1439 can be considered a good price for a round-trip GRU to SBA flight.

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

GRU to SBA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the GRU to SBA flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from São Paulo. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.14, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SBA, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into GRU. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Santa Barbara, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to São Paulo. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $125 (7%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1419. Return trip prices are from the SBA to GRU 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 GRU 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 12 hour 14 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 GRU to SBA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA

  • 88 miles (142 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 51.20% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See GRU to LAX flights

Destination alternative #2: John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, CA

  • 124 miles (200 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 0.66% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See GRU to SNA flights


Flight Hacking GRU 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 GRU to SBA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (GRU > LAX > SBA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1005
  • Average savings: $434 (30.14%)

See GRU to MIA flights

Hack #2: Miami, FL (GRU > MIA > SBA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1052
  • Average savings: $387 (26.87%)

See GRU to LAX flights

Hack #3: Boston, MA (GRU > BOS > SBA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1106
  • Average savings: $333 (23.15%)

See GRU to BOS flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, American, Avianca, COPA, Delta, LATAM, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport to Guarulhos Gov Andre Franco Montoro Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6250 miles or 10058 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop GRU to SBA flight is about 12 hour 14 minutes.

How many flights go between Sao Paulo and Santa Barbara, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 23 available flights from GRU to SBA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code GRU
Origination airport name Guarulhos Gov Andre Franco Montoro Airport
City Sao Paulo
Country Brazil
Latitude -23.4
Longitude -46.5

Return Airport

Destination code SBA
Destination airport name Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
City Santa Barbara, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 34.4
Longitude -119.8


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