The cheapest times to fly from SNA to SBP are

  • August 6th to November 18th
  • December 3rd to March 11th (except the weeks of December 24th, February 5th, and February 12th)

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 SNA to SBP is late January. Prices can be as high as $724 for Sunday flights during mid June, or as low as $408 for Tuesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to San Luis Obispo

Flying from Santa Ana, CA (SNA) to San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP) will usually cost between $434 to $660 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 $459. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid June, with an average price of $609. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $150 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $517 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SNA to SBP flight.

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

SNA to SBP Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SNA to SBP flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Santa Ana. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $1.68, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday 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 $90 (16%) 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 $484. Return trip prices are from the SBP to SNA 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 SNA to SBP 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 20 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 SNA to SBP while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) in Fresno, CA

  • 118 miles (190 km) away from SBP
  • Usually 28.34% less expensive than SBP
  • 1-layover flights available

See SNA to FAT flights

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

  • 148 miles (238 km) away from SBP
  • Usually 27.85% less expensive than SBP
  • 1-layover flights available

See SNA to BUR flights

Destination alternative #3: Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) in Monterey, CA

  • 115 miles (185 km) away from SBP
  • Usually 22.63% less expensive than SBP
  • 1-layover flights available

See SNA to MRY flights

Destination alternative #4: Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) in Santa Barbara, CA

  • 72 miles (116 km) away from SBP
  • Usually 7.45% less expensive than SBP
  • 1-layover flights available

See SNA to SBA flights

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

  • 90 miles (145 km) away from SBP
  • Usually 1.45% less expensive than SBP
  • 1-layover flights available

See SNA to BFL flights


Flight Hacking SNA to SBP

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 SNA to SBP — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $503
  • Average savings: $14 (2.71%)

See SNA to PHX flights

Hack #2: Seattle, WA (SNA > SEA > SBP)

  • Price for both tickets: $507
  • Average savings: $11 (2.03%)

See SNA to SEA flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

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

How far away is it from San Luis County Regional Airport to John Wayne-Orange County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 191 miles or 307 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SNA to SBP flight is about 1 hour 20 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 66 available flights from SNA to SBP.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSNA
Origination airport nameJohn Wayne-Orange County Airport
CitySanta Ana, CA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeSBP
Destination airport nameSan Luis County Regional Airport
CitySan Luis Obispo, CA
Countrythe United States


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