The average price of a 7-day trip to Santa Maria is $1,523 for a solo traveler, $2,735 for a couple, and $5,128 for a family of 4. Santa Maria hotels range from $54 to $245 per night with an average of $79, while most vacation rentals will cost $160 to $560 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) are between $576 and $815 per person for economy flights and $1,807 to $2,557 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $41 to $101 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

See below for average, budget, and luxury trip costs. You can also look up flight costs from your airport for more tailored flight pricing.

 

 

The Cheapest Times to Visit Santa Maria, CA, US

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to SBA and stay in a Santa Maria hotel:

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • April 16th to May 13th
  • August 13th to November 18th (except the week of October 15th)

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in Santa Maria is usually late January.

 

Average Santa Maria Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit Santa Maria for a week is $1,120-$2,252($160-$322 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $41 to $101 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $383 to $693 for economy

Lodging: $75 to $92 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $116 to $142 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Santa Maria for a week is $2,176-$3,896($311-$557 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $82 to $202 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $766 to $1,386 for economy

Lodging: $75 to $92 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $116 to $142 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Santa Maria for a week is $3,580-$6,878($511-$983 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $164 to $404 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,532 to $2,772 for economy

Lodging: $150 to $184 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $162 to $213 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Santa Maria

How cheap can you make a vacation to Santa Maria? The cheapest trip to Santa Maria is about $113 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 0% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $160 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $45.

Even cheaper trips are possible depending on where you live and whether you can drive. Check the cheapest times to fly for more saving ideas.

Budget Solo Traveler

The lowest cost for one person to visit Santa Maria for a week is $793-$2,060($113-$294 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $20 to $41 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $383 to $693 for economy

Lodging: $45 to $54 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $160 to $180 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit Santa Maria for a week is $1,316-$3,040($188-$434 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $40 to $82 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $766 to $1,386 for economy

Lodging: $45 to $54 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $160 to $180 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Santa Maria for a week is $2,632-$5,648($376-$807 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $80 to $164 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,532 to $2,772 for economy

Lodging: $90 to $108 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $256 to $288 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is possible but not easy to travel to Santa Maria cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Santa Maria Trip

There is no true ceiling on the cost of a luxury trip, so our estimates are based on what most people do in Santa Maria.

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Santa Maria for a week is $2,344-$10,099($335-$1,443 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $82 to $212 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,038 to $1,559 for first class

Lodging: $122 to $245 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $560 to $1,176 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit Santa Maria for a week is $3,956-$13,142($565-$1,877 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $164 to $424 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,076 to $3,118 for first class

Lodging: $122 to $245 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $560 to $1,176 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit Santa Maria for a week is $7,912-$22,756($1,130-$3,251 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $328 to $848 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $4,152 to $6,236 for first class

Lodging: $244 to $490 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $896 to $1,764 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

Santa Maria Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in Santa Maria is about average than the average city. On average hotels are less expensive than vacation rentals. Luxury vacation rentals are more expensive in Santa Maria due to very high property costs. The graphs below show how much cost can vary depending on the type of experience you’re looking for.

Santa Maria Lodging Cost by Star Status

The average price for the class of hotel is on the (y) axis. The hotel class (out of 5 stars) is on the (x) axis.

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Hotel Price

Prices are based on Santa Maria hotel averages and may not reflect current prices. In some cases, we extrapolate prices to estimate costs, and hotels with your desired star rating may not be available.

Vacation Rental Prices

The percent of vacation rentals in the price range is on the left (y) axis. Price range is on the bottom (x) axis.

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Percent of rentals

There are a healthy amount of vacation rentals serving all budgets in Santa Maria.

 

Flight Costs to Santa Maria

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $815 average in late July to a low of $576 in late January. Median flight price is $527. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Santa Maria our data includes 291 originating airports, and 81 airlines. The area has average variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Santa Maria from an airport like Shevchenko (SCO) in Aktau (Kazakhstan) for an average $6,991 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like Salt Lake City International (SLC) in Salt Lake City, UT (the United States) at an average of just $189.

 

Average Flight Cost by Season

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Worldwide Flight Prices

Average Flight Cost by Day of Week

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Departure Day Prices
Return Day Prices

 

The cheapest day to fly in is typically Tuesday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Tuesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In Santa Maria, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $240, so you can easily save about 42% simply by using our free flight guides and booking in advance.

 

Daily Expenses Budget

Daily vacation expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around Santa Maria can easily cost $310 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $20 per person. Private tours can cost $612 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for this type of vacation.

 

 

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