The cheapest times to fly from LAX to SBP are

  • December 3rd to October 21st (except the weeks of May 7th, July 23rd, and July 30th)

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 SBP is late December. Prices can be as high as $524 for Friday flights during early August, or as low as $347 for Tuesday flights around late December.


When to Fly to San Luis Obispo

Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP) will usually cost between $347 to $352 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late December with an average ticket price of $347. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $372. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $25 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $352 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LAX to SBP flight.

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

LAX to SBP Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LAX to SBP 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 $1.41, 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 $6 (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 $347. Return trip prices are from the SBP 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 SBP can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 16 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 SBP while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Merced Regional/Macready Field Airport (MCE) in Merced, CA

  • 142 miles (229 km) away from SBP
  • Usually 43.67% less expensive than SBP
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to MCE flights

Destination alternative #2: Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) in Santa Barbara, CA

  • 72 miles (116 km) away from SBP
  • Usually 13.80% less expensive than SBP
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to SBA flights

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

  • 148 miles (238 km) away from SBP
  • Usually 13.94% less expensive than SBP
  • 1-layover flights available

See LAX to BUR flights

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

  • 90 miles (145 km) away from SBP
  • Usually 11.24% less expensive than SBP
  • 1-layover flights available

See LAX to BFL flights

Destination alternative #5: Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) in Monterey, CA

  • 115 miles (185 km) away from SBP
  • Usually 7.54% less expensive than SBP
  • Nonstop flights available

See LAX to MRY flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from LAX to SBP? 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 San Luis County Regional Airport to Los Angeles International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 155 miles or 249 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to SBP flight is about 1 hour 16 minutes.

How many flights go between Los Angeles, CA and San Luis Obispo, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 49 available flights from LAX to SBP.


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 SBP
Destination airport name San Luis County Regional Airport
City San Luis Obispo, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 35.2
Longitude -120.6


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from LAX to SBP tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 29% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 47% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SBP heading for LAX about 18 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in San Luis Obispo, CA is about 15 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 18 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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