The cheapest times to fly from SBA to LAX are
- August 6th to March 18th (except the week of October 29th)
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 LAX is early September. Prices can be as high as $540 for Friday flights during early August, or as low as $280 for Tuesday flights around early September.
When to Fly to Los Angeles
Flying from Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) to Los Angeles, CA (LAX) will usually cost between $298 to $307 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $299. 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 $72 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 SBA to LAX flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SBA to LAX route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the SBA to LAX flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Santa Barbara. 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 $301. Return trip prices are from the LAX to SBA flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.
Departing Prices by Day
Return Trip Prices by Day
Nonstop Flights and Layovers
Travelers looking to fly from SBA to LAX 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 SBA to LAX while comparing.
- 109 miles (175 km) away from LAX
- Usually 0.33% less expensive than LAX
- 1-layover flights available
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from SBA to LAX? 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 Los Angeles International Airport to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 88 miles or 142 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from SBA to LAX?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop SBA to LAX flight is about 1 hour 8 minutes.
How many flights go between Santa Barbara, CA and Los Angeles, CA?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 58 available flights from SBA to LAX.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Santa Barbara Municipal Airport|
|City||Santa Barbara, CA|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Los Angeles International Airport|
|City||Los Angeles, CA|
|Country||the United States|
Late and Early Flight Data
Flights from SBA to LAX tend to depart late almost never compared to the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 13% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 68% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave LAX heading for SBA about 2 minutes early. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Los Angeles, CA is about 7 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:
- SkyWest: 2 minutes early
- Some airlines not reporting
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