The cheapest times to fly from LAX to SBA are

  • April 2nd to July 22nd
  • August 6th to November 11th
  • November 26th to March 11th

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 LAX to SBA is early November. Prices can be as high as $540 for Friday flights during early August, or as low as $280 for Tuesday flights around early November.


When to Fly to Santa Barbara

Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) will usually cost between $299 to $307 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early November with an average ticket price of $296. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $371. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $75 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $303 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LAX to SBA flight.

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

LAX to SBA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LAX to SBA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Los Angeles. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $2.13, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays 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 $7 (2%) 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 $302. Return trip prices are from the SBA to LAX 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 LAX to SBA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 8 minutes may 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 a nonstop flight from LAX to SBA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, CA

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 0.17% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See LAX to BUR flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Sun Country Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport to Los Angeles International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 88 miles or 142 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to SBA flight is about 1 hour 8 minutes.

How many flights go between Los Angeles, CA and Santa Barbara, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 62 available flights from LAX to SBA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code LAX
Origination airport name Los Angeles International Airport
City Los Angeles, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.9
Longitude -118.4

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


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from LAX to SBA tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 25% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 31% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SBA heading for LAX about 5 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Santa Barbara, CA is about 2 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 5 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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