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The cheapest times to fly from MAD to SBA are

  • January 8th to May 13th
  • October 15th to December 9th

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 MAD to SBA is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $1958 for Friday flights during early August, or as low as $942 for Tuesday flights around late January and early February.

 

When to Fly to Santa Barbara

Flying from Madrid (MAD) to Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) will usually cost between $1005 to $1686 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January and early February with an average ticket price of $970. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $1823. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $853 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1249 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MAD to SBA flight.

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

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MAD to SBA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MAD to SBA flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Madrid. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.13, 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. 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 $155 (12%) 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 $1244. Return trip prices are from the SBA to MAD flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Return Trip Prices by Day

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Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from MAD 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 11 hour 32 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 MAD to SBA while comparing.

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

  • 88 miles (142 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 62.85% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See MAD to LAX flights

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

  • 124 miles (200 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 45.28% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See MAD to SNA flights

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

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 43.23% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See MAD to BUR flights

Destination alternative #4: Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Long Beach, CA

  • 105 miles (169 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 36.27% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See MAD to LGB flights

 

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

Hack #1: Boston, MA (MAD > BOS > SBA)

  • Price for both tickets: $741
  • Average savings: $508 (40.67%)

See MAD to JFK flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (MAD > JFK > SBA)

  • Price for both tickets: $743
  • Average savings: $506 (40.51%)

See MAD to BOS flights

Hack #3: Newark, NJ (MAD > EWR > SBA)

  • Price for both tickets: $764
  • Average savings: $486 (38.87%)

See MAD to EWR flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, American, Austrian, Avianca, British Airways, COPA, Delta, Finnair, Iberia, Lufthansa, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport to Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5863 miles or 9436 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MAD to SBA flight is about 11 hour 32 minutes.

How many flights go between Madrid and Santa Barbara, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 16 available flights from MAD to SBA.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codeMAD
Origination airport nameAdolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport
CityMadrid
CountrySpain
Latitude40.5
Longitude-3.6

Return Airport

Destination codeSBA
Destination airport nameSanta Barbara Municipal Airport
CitySanta Barbara, CA
Countrythe United States
Latitude34.4
Longitude-119.8

 

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