The cheapest times to fly from SBA to LIH are

  • January 1st to February 25th (except the week of February 12th)
  • April 23rd to May 13th (except the week of April 30th)
  • August 6th to December 9th (except the week of November 19th)

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 LIH is mid to late August. Prices can be as high as $1242 for Saturday flights during late December, or as low as $413 for Tuesday flights around mid to late August.


When to Fly to Kauai

Flying from Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) to Lihue, HI (LIH) will usually cost between $533 to $956 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late August with an average ticket price of $514. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $992. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $478 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $673 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SBA to LIH flight.

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

SBA to LIH Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SBA to LIH flight is cheaper than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Santa Barbara. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.16, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to LIH, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into SBA. Saturdays 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 $167 (21%) 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 $633. Return trip prices are from the LIH 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 LIH 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 33 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 LIH while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Daniel K Inouye International Airport (HNL) in Honolulu, HI

  • 102 miles (164 km) away from LIH
  • Usually 9.06% less expensive than LIH
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBA to HNL flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

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

How far away is it from Lihue Airport to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2535 miles or 4080 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SBA to LIH flight is about 5 hour 33 minutes.

How many flights go between Santa Barbara, CA and Lihue, HI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 70 available flights from SBA to LIH.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SBA
Origination airport name Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
City Santa Barbara, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 34.4
Longitude -119.8

Return Airport

Destination code LIH
Destination airport name Lihue Airport
City Lihue, HI
Country the United States
Latitude 22
Longitude -159.3


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