The cheapest times to fly from SBA to BUF are

  • January 1st to March 4th
  • August 13th to November 18th
  • early December

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 SBA to BUF is late January. Prices can be as high as $1140 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $295 for Tuesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to Buffalo

Flying from Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) to Buffalo, NY (BUF) will usually cost between $351 to $901 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $373. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $820. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $448 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $536 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SBA to BUF flight.

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

SBA to BUF Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SBA to BUF flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Santa Barbara. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.15, 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 $288 (41%) 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 $410. Return trip prices are from the BUF to SBA 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 SBA to BUF 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 4 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 SBA to BUF while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto

  • 68 miles (109 km) away from BUF
  • Usually 15.11% less expensive than BUF
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBA to YYZ flights

Destination alternative #2: Williamsport Regional Airport (IPT) in Williamsport, PA

  • 150 miles (241 km) away from BUF
  • Usually 3.92% less expensive than BUF
  • 2-layover flights available

See SBA to IPT flights


Flight Hacking SBA to BUF

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 SBA to BUF — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $515
  • Average savings: $22 (4.01%)

See SBA to BOS flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Buffalo Niagara International Airport to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2269 miles or 3652 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SBA to BUF flight is about 5 hour 4 minutes.

How many flights go between Santa Barbara, CA and Buffalo, NY?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 68 available flights from SBA to BUF.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination codeBUF
Destination airport nameBuffalo Niagara International Airport
CityBuffalo, NY
Countrythe United States


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