The cheapest times to fly from SBP to SBA are

  • January 1st to March 4th
  • May 28th to June 17th
  • July 9th to October 7th (except the week of July 30th)

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 SBP to SBA is mid to late August. Prices can be as high as $1035 for Sunday flights during early August, or as low as $476 for Wednesday flights around mid to late August.


When to Fly to Santa Barbara

Flying from San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP) to Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) will usually cost between $476 to $617 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 $476. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $697. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $221 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $493 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SBP to SBA flight.

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

SBP to SBA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SBP to SBA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from San Luis Obispo. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $4.25, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SBA, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into SBP. 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 $86 (15%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $485. Return trip prices are from the SBA to SBP 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 SBP to SBA 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 7 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 SBP to SBA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA

  • 88 miles (142 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 28.63% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SBP to LAX flights

Destination alternative #2: Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, CA

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 20.71% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBP to BUR flights

Destination alternative #3: Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Ontario, CA

  • 130 miles (209 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 6.80% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBP to ONT flights

Destination alternative #4: Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Long Beach, CA

  • 105 miles (169 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 5.89% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBP to LGB flights

Destination alternative #5: Meadows Field Airport (BFL) in Bakersfield, CA

  • 83 miles (134 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 1.62% less expensive than SBA
  • 1-layover flights available

See SBP to BFL flights


Flight Hacking SBP to SBA

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 SBP to SBA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Phoenix, AZ (SBP > PHX > SBA)

  • Price for both tickets: $489
  • Average savings: $4 (0.81%)

See SBP to PHX flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Contour Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport to San Luis County Regional Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 72 miles or 116 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SBP to SBA flight is about 1 hour 7 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 24 available flights from SBP to SBA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SBP
Origination airport name San Luis County Regional Airport
City San Luis Obispo, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 35.2
Longitude -120.6

Return Airport

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


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