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Cheap flights to Santa Barbara, CA

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 12% potential price rise
Cheapest inAprilBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average price$62Average for round-trip flights in April 2021
Round-trip from$42From Las Vegas to Santa Barbara

COVID Restrictions

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Can I fly to Santa Barbara right now?

There are currently restrictions on flights to Santa Barbara along with the rest of United States. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Entry restrictions

The United States has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals who have passed through or have been in China, Iran, Most European Countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City), the UK, Ireland, Brazil and South Africa in the past 14 days. With the exception of certain travelers which includes certain family members of US citizens or permanent residents including; spouses, children (under the age of 21), parents (provided that his/her US citizen or permanent resident child is unmarried and under the age of 21), and siblings (provided that both the sibling and the US citizen or permanent resident are unmarried and under the age of 21); There is also an exception for travelers with the following visas: A-1, A-2, C-1, C-1/D, C-2, C-3, CR-1, CR-2, D, E-1 (as an employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee's immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, IR-1, IR-4, IH-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 visa; Members of the US Armed Forces, spouses, and children of members of the US Armed Forces; Travelers with invitation of the USA government for a purpose related to the containment/mitigation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19); Travelers with documents issued by the US Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection, or US Department of State indicating that the traveler is exempt from the restriction; B1 crew crewmembers that are engaged in lightering, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activity, wind farm activity, private air/sea crew and other similar crewmember activities; Students with an F-1 or M-1 visa and their F-2 and M-2 dependents, if they arrive from or have been in Ireland, the UK or Schengen Area in the past 14 days.

Entry requirements

All travelers, 2 years of age or older (including US citizens and transit passenger) must present a negative COVID-19 viral or antigen test result issued 72 hours prior to departure or have a proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days prior to boarding the plane. Travelers must complete a disclosure and attestation form before departure. Exemptions or waiver to the testing requirements may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s life, health against a serious danger, or physical safety and testing cannot be completed before travel. US citizens and permanent residents arriving from the UK must present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result issued within 72 hours prior to departure. Travelers arriving in New York State must complete the Traveler Health Form. Travelers arriving in Massachusetts must complete the Massachusetts Health Form.

Quarantine requirements

Travelers are advised to get tested 3-5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. Even if they test negative, they must still stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days. If the test is positive, isolate to protect others from getting infected.​​ Travelers who did not get tested, are advised to stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.​

All other info

Travelers are subject to COVID-19 measures set by the state/territory of their final destination. For more information go to CDC website.

If you are looking to book a trip to Santa Barbara and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about traveling during COVID-19.
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Cheapest Prices for Santa Barbara flights by month

The cheapest ticket to Santa Barbara found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
$197
February
$198
March
$237
April
$226
May
$212
June
$244
July
$266
August
$232
September
$207
October
$217
November
$217
December
$237
January is currently the cheapest month to fly to Santa Barbara. At this moment in time July is the most expensive month. These prices are determined by multiple factors and booking in advance can help keep costs down if your schedule is not as flexible.

When is the best time to fly to Santa Barbara?

Average Los Angeles flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
LAS - LAX
Price
$197 - $387
LAX
Temperature
68 - 89.6 °F
LAX
Rainfall
0 - 4.84 inches
The best time to fly to Santa Barbara is during January, but great deals can be found at other times. If you are looking for warm weather when you arrive off of your flight to Santa Barbara then August is statistically the hottest. February is historically the period with most rainfall.

When is the best time to book a flight to Santa Barbara?

The price you pay for your flight to Santa Barbara may vary depending on when you book.For the best chance of a lower fare, look to book 17 days in advance of your trip. Fares are likely to increase a fortnight or so before your departure date.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Santa Barbara?

Saturday is currently, on average, the cheapest day to fly to Santa Barbara. Flying on Sunday will result in higher flight prices.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Santa Barbara?

Flights in the afternoon are typically the cheapest time of the day to fly to Santa Barbara. Flights at noon are usually the most expensive.

One thing is for sure, you’ll have no problem relaxing in Santa Barbara. The pretty red roofs, white stucco houses And Mediterranean style homes with Spanish influence make travelers on flights to Santa Barbara feel like they stepped into a European paradise. Alas, settled neatly along the Pacific Ocean, this California hot-spot is merely a seaside haven heavily influenced by its historical forefathers. 

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara doesn’t lack in scenery. Between the yachting enthusiasts, retirees, and lively college students from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), you can’t help but feel comfortable among all the different lifestyles that converge under one sun. Cultural institutions, Spanish and Native American influenced architecture, and a vast array of shopping and nightlife are sure to please even the weariest of travelers. 

And of course, no matter when you book your flight to Santa Barbara, you’ll be completely enamored with its central coast location and jaw-dropping views. So kick back, grab a cocktail, and enjoy the blissful weather, friendly environment, and palm-tree filled scenery that graces Santa Barbara.

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Santa Barbara climate

Sunny days and mild evenings are the norm here, so booking a Santa Barbara flight is easy any time of the year. Its unique location allows it to sneak passed inclement weather almost all year round. With mountains to the east, and surrounding coastlines running east and west, Santa Barbara typically sits pretty at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, raising slightly in the summer, and dipping slightly in the winter. Its coastal climate allows for undying sunlight and soft breezes that create the perfect beachside getaway. 

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Best Time to Fly to Santa Barbara

With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, there’s really better time to book flights to Santa Barbara than the present.

Peak Season:

If you plan on spending most of your time on the beach, then book your Santa Barbara flight in the summer time (June to August), when temperatures reach in the high 70s, and there’s little rainfall. 

Off-peak Season:

Since there is no real off-season here, it’s easy to find cheap flights to Santa Barbara any time of the year.

 

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Getting around Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara doesn’t have much of a public transportation system, so you’ll want to rent a car or ride your bike to get around. Alternatively, board a waterfront shuttle along State Street. You can head out to Stearns Wharf, or take another route from Santa Barbara Zoo to the Harbor Way. The buses are mostly used by commuters, but they run all over the city and to surrounding towns for a reasonable price.      

 

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Santa Barbara Travel Information

Botanic Garden: If you’re booking flights to Santa Barbara and are aching to spend some quality time traipsing in the natural world, look no further than the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Set on a glorious 65-acre garden, the entire area is full of native flora and fauna for strollers to see. Five trails of cacti, redwoods, and wildflowers are arranged for different experiences, depending on your physical abilities. Easy flat walks are supplemented by narrower, hilly trails. If you’re spending the entire afternoon, make sure to take a tour of Lotusland, where explanations of each species and arrangement are given. Canine friends are welcome, as long as they are well behaved and on leashes. 

Zoo: If the kids are restless after the long flight to Santa Barbara, then the zoo is the perfect place to unleash some energy. From preying cats to lively monkeys and slow-moving elephants to and graceful giraffes, animals of all sorts will captivate travelers of any age. It’s the penguins, however, that seem to steal the show as they flap around their territories. The squeamish should probably avoid the interactive insect room (with bugs like cockroaches and African millipedes). Intertwined with beautiful gardens, the zoo can also be a nice place for a peaceful walk in the daytime. 

Stearn’s Wharf: Just right for any time of day, Stearn’s Wharf can be serene in the morning, bustling in the afternoon, and thrilling in the evening. Jutting out of the southern part of the city, the coastal hot spot was built in 1872 by John Peck Stearn and is known today to be the oldest continuously operating wharf on the West Coast. Partially destroyed by fires in 1998, it has been fully restored and perfected for visitors. If you book a flight to Santa Barbara craving a little ocean side fun, then Stearn’s Wharf is the quintessential place to walk around for hours, and watch the lights come on at dusk. 

Beaches: Whether you’re planning your Santa Barbara travel alone, with friends, or with the whole family, everyone can agree on spending a day at the beach. For fun in the sun, Carpinteria State Beach is a great place to sunbathe, fly a kite, or go swimming. Known for its shallow, calm waters that run for hundreds of feet, Carpinteria has always been deemed one of the safest beaches for children and families to visit. Stroll the mile-long shoreline and back in the sun’s rays to truly enjoy the outdoors.

 

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