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The cheapest times to fly from SFO to SBA are

  • August 6th to February 4th (except the weeks of November 19th, November 26th, and December 17th)

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 SFO to SBA is early to mid October. Prices can be as high as $594 for Monday flights during mid May, or as low as $293 for Tuesday flights around early to mid October.

 

When to Fly to Santa Barbara

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) will usually cost between $302 to $363 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid October with an average ticket price of $311. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid May, with an average price of $373. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $62 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $327 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to SBA flight.

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

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SFO to SBA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SFO to SBA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from San Francisco. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.77, which is above average.

 

Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Mondays 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 $27 (8%) 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 $319. Return trip prices are from the SBA to SFO flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Return Trip Prices by Day

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Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SFO to SBA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 27 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 SFO to SBA while comparing.

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

  • 88 miles (142 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 58.10% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to LAX flights

Destination alternative #2: Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Long Beach, CA

  • 105 miles (169 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 40.67% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to LGB flights

Destination alternative #3: John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, CA

  • 124 miles (200 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 36.39% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to SNA flights

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

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 29.97% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to BUR flights

Destination alternative #5: Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Ontario, CA

  • 130 miles (209 km) away from SBA
  • Usually 28.75% less expensive than SBA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SFO to ONT flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SFO 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 San Francisco International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 262 miles or 422 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to SBA flight is about 1 hour 27 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 42 available flights from SFO to SBA.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codeSFO
Origination airport nameSan Francisco International Airport
CitySan Francisco, CA
Countrythe United States
Latitude37.6
Longitude-122.4

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 SFO to SBA tend to depart late far less frequently than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 22% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 41% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SBA heading for SFO about 12 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Santa Barbara, CA is about 9 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 12 minutes late
  • United: 3 minutes early
  • Some airlines not reporting

 

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