The cheapest times to fly from SBA to SAL are

  • January 15th to March 4th
  • April 2nd to June 3rd (except the week of May 7th)
  • August 20th to October 28th

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 SAL is early to mid September. Prices can be as high as $1301 for Saturday flights during mid December, or as low as $728 for Tuesday flights around early to mid September.


When to Fly to San Salvador

Flying from Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) to San Salvador (SAL) will usually cost between $730 to $957 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid September with an average ticket price of $729. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $1086. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $357 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $838 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SBA to SAL flight.

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

SBA to SAL Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SBA to SAL flight is cheaper than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Santa Barbara. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.22, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to San Salvador, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Santa Barbara. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $63 (7%) 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 $787. Return trip prices are from the SAL 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 SAL 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 19 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 SAL while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City

  • 126 miles (203 km) away from SAL
  • Usually 0.60% less expensive than SAL
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBA to GUA flights


Flight Hacking SBA to SAL

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 SAL — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Mexico City (SBA > MEX > SAL)

  • Price for both tickets: $608
  • Average savings: $230 (27.45%)

See SBA to MEX flights

Hack #2: Los Angeles, CA (SBA > LAX > SAL)

  • Price for both tickets: $710
  • Average savings: $128 (15.27%)

See SBA to LAX flights

Hack #3: Las Vegas, NV (SBA > LAS > SAL)

  • Price for both tickets: $716
  • Average savings: $122 (14.56%)

See SBA to LAS flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, American, Avianca, COPA, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Msgr Oscar A Romero and Galdamez International Airport to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2408 miles or 3875 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SBA to SAL flight is about 5 hour 19 minutes.

How many flights go between Santa Barbara, CA and San Salvador?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 20 available flights from SBA to SAL.


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 SAL
Destination airport name Msgr Oscar A Romero and Galdamez International Airport
City San Salvador
Country El Salvador
Latitude 13.4
Longitude -89.1


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