The cheapest times to fly from IAD to SBA are

  • January 1st to February 25th
  • April 16th to May 6th
  • August 13th 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 IAD to SBA is early to mid September. Prices can be as high as $953 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $313 for Tuesday flights around early to mid September.


When to Fly to Santa Barbara

Flying from Washington, DC (IAD) to Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) will usually cost between $325 to $608 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid September with an average ticket price of $323. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $565. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $241 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $459 can be considered a good price for a round-trip IAD to SBA flight.

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

IAD to SBA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the IAD to SBA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Washington. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday 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 $130 (25%) 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 $394. Return trip prices are from the SBA to IAD 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 IAD 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 5 hour 12 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 IAD to SBA while comparing.

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

  • 88 miles (142 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 32.24% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See IAD to LAX flights

Destination alternative #2: Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, CA

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 17.97% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See IAD to BUR flights

Destination alternative #3: John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, CA

  • 124 miles (200 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 13.51% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See IAD to SNA flights

Destination alternative #4: Meadows Field Airport (BFL) in Bakersfield, CA

  • 83 miles (134 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 8.06% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See IAD to BFL flights

Destination alternative #5: Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Ontario, CA

  • 130 miles (209 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 11.00% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See IAD to ONT flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 14 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska, American, Avianca, COPA, Delta, Frontier, InterJet, JetBlue, LATAM, Turkish Airlines, United, WestJet, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2347 miles or 3777 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop IAD to SBA flight is about 5 hour 12 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Santa Barbara, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 75 available flights from IAD to SBA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeIAD
Origination airport nameWashington Dulles International Airport
CityWashington, DC
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

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


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