The cheapest times to fly from SBA to LGB are

  • April 16th to May 13th
  • May 28th to June 24th (except the week of June 11th)
  • July 9th to July 29th
  • October 15th to November 18th

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 LGB is early January. Prices can be as high as $726 for Sunday flights during late November to early December, or as low as $428 for Tuesday flights around early January.


When to Fly to Long Beach

Flying from Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) to Long Beach, CA (LGB) will usually cost between $428 to $575 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early January with an average ticket price of $440. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late November to early December, with an average price of $550. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $110 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $461 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SBA to LGB flight.

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

SBA to LGB Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SBA to LGB flight is much 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 $2.73, which is above 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 to Long Beach, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to Santa Barbara. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $64 (13%) 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 $433. Return trip prices are from the LGB 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 LGB can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 10 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 LGB while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: San Diego International Airport (SAN) in San Diego, CA

  • 93 miles (150 km) away from LGB
  • Usually 34.49% less expensive than LGB
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBA to SAN flights

Destination alternative #2: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA

  • 17 miles (27 km) away from LGB
  • Usually 34.27% less expensive than LGB
  • Nonstop flights available

See SBA to LAX flights

Destination alternative #3: Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) in Palm Springs, CA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from LGB
  • Usually 21.80% less expensive than LGB
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBA to PSP flights

Destination alternative #4: Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, CA

  • 29 miles (47 km) away from LGB
  • Usually 18.22% less expensive than LGB
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBA to BUR flights


Flight Hacking SBA to LGB

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 LGB — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Salt Lake City, UT (SBA > SLC > LGB)

  • Price for both tickets: $337
  • Average savings: $125 (27.01%)

See SBA to SLC flights

Hack #2: Las Vegas, NV (SBA > LAS > LGB)

  • Price for both tickets: $429
  • Average savings: $32 (6.94%)

See SBA to LAS flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SBA to LGB? 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 Long Beach Airport to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 105 miles or 169 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SBA to LGB flight is about 1 hour 10 minutes.

How many flights go between Santa Barbara, CA and Long Beach, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 18 available flights from SBA to LGB.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination codeLGB
Destination airport nameLong Beach Airport
CityLong Beach, CA
Countrythe United States


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