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The cheapest times to fly from SEA to SBA are

  • January 1st to February 25th (except the week of February 12th)
  • April 30th to June 10th (except the week of May 14th)
  • August 27th to November 18th
  • December 3rd to December 16th

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 SEA to SBA is late January. Prices can be as high as $659 for Sunday flights during early August, or as low as $174 for Wednesday flights around late January.

 

When to Fly to Santa Barbara

Flying from Seattle, WA (SEA) to Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) will usually cost between $174 to $340 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $174. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $328. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $154 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $217 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SEA to SBA flight.

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

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SEA to SBA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SEA to SBA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Seattle. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.15, which is far below average.

 

Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. 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 $95 (33%) 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 $191. Return trip prices are from the SBA to SEA flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

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Return Day Prices

 

Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SEA to SBA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 37 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 SEA to SBA while comparing.

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

  • 88 miles (142 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 17.51% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SEA to LAX flights

Destination alternative #2: John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, CA

  • 124 miles (200 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 8.99% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SEA to SNA flights

Destination alternative #3: Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, CA

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 5.99% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SEA to BUR flights

Destination alternative #4: Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Ontario, CA

  • 130 miles (209 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 4.61% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SEA to ONT flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SEA to SBA? 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 Santa Barbara Municipal Airport to Seattle/Tacoma International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 909 miles or 1463 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SEA to SBA flight is about 2 hour 37 minutes.

How many flights go between Seattle, WA and Santa Barbara, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 90 available flights from SEA to SBA.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codeSEA
Origination airport nameSeattle/Tacoma International Airport
CitySeattle, WA
Countrythe United States
Latitude47.5
Longitude-122.3

Return Airport

Destination codeSBA
Destination airport nameSanta Barbara Municipal Airport
CitySanta Barbara, CA
Countrythe United States
Latitude34.4
Longitude-119.8

 

Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from SEA to SBA tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 26% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 35% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SBA heading for SEA about 1 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Santa Barbara, CA is about 4 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Alaska: 1 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting

 

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