Cheap flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara (SFO - SBA)

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The best prices from San Francisco to Santa Barbara are usually found in August or March, booked 58 days in advance, depart on a Saturday or Thursday and return on a Saturday

How to find the cheapest flight from
San Francisco (SFO) to Santa Barbara (SBA)

All the information you need to plan the best SFO to SBA flight in 2021: compare San Francisco to Santa Barbara flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Santa Barbara.
SFO - SBA
Price
$255 - $360
SBA
Temperature
51.8 - 62.6 °F
SBA
Precipitation
0 - 3.5 inches

Popular in

November

High demand for flights, 15% potential price rise

Cheapest in

August

Best time to find cheap flights, 16% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$255

From San Francisco to Santa Barbara

One-way from

$143

One-way flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
What is the cheapest day to fly round-trip from San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

It’s generally more expensive to depart on a Friday, if you have to leave on this day you can still search on Cheapflights to find great options that meet your needs.

How far in advance should I book a flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

To save on the cost of your flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, book at least 31 days before your planned departure. Booking around this time can save you about 106% on the cost of this flight compared to booking a flight leaving this week. We have found prices from $180 if you need a flight within two weeks. For flights within the next 72 hours, you can find tickets from as low as $272.

What is the cheapest month to fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

Due to multiple factors, expect to potentially pay more when booking in November. For low rates, July can be a great choice for travel to Santa Barbara. Flights to Santa Barbara from San Francisco in July are about $142 on average during July, but can be found for as low as $96.

When is the cheapest time to fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara (SFO - SBA)?

It’s typically best to fly out from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in the evening. Doing so could potentially save you 11% on the flight price compared to flying in the morning, which is usually more expensive.

Cheap flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in October, November 2021

The best prices found for SFO to SBA flights for October, November
16 Nov - 18 Nov
$117pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
13 Nov - 13 Nov
$130pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
8 Nov - 10 Nov
$136pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

San Francisco to Santa Barbara 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Santa Barbara from San Francisco found for this year
16 Nov - 18 Nov
$117pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
15 Dec - 29 Dec
$127pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
13 Nov - 13 Nov
$130pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco

Non-stop flights to Santa Barbara from San Francisco

Save time with San Francisco to Santa Barbara direct flight deals
16 Nov - 18 Nov
$117pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
15 Dec - 29 Dec
$127pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
6 Nov - 8 Nov
$137pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco

Last minute flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara

Late deals on round-trip flights to Santa Barbara from San Francisco, departing today and this week
4 Nov - 9 Nov
$176pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
4 Nov - 8 Nov
$187pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
4 Nov - 9 Nov
$195pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

One-way flights to Santa Barbara from San Francisco

The cheapest one-way flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara
1:20 pm - 10:40 am
Multiple Airlines
3 Stops
21h 20m
SFO - SBA
Multiple Airlines
$143
Kiwi.com
3:45 am - 1:30 pm
Alaska Airlines
1 Stop
9h 45m
SFO - SBA
Alaska Airlines
$155
mytrip.com
5:30 pm - 5:59 am
United Airlines
2 Stops
12h 29m
SFO - SBA
United Airlines
$162
United

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about <span class="emphasized">San Francisco</span> to <span class="emphasized">Santa Barbara</span> flights.

Flight FAQs

From San Francisco to Santa Barbara

What airports do I use to fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

If you book a flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, you will be flying from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. Flights to Santa Barbara (SBA) from San Francisco (SFO) take 1h 14m for a nonstop flight. There are 6 flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara per day from 6 airlines.

Which airlines flying from San Francisco to Santa Barbara have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Due to the rapidly changing circumstances due to COVID-19, airlines like United Airlines, Contour, and Major Airline flying from San Francisco to Santa Barbara have implemented new flexible cancellation policies.

Can I find flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara for under $200. The cheapest flight booked recently is on United Airlines for just $117, but on average you can expect to pay $161.

Are there nonstop flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara under $200. A good price for a nonstop flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara is less than $202.

Are there last-minute flights available from San Francisco to Santa Barbara for under $200?

There are currently 20+ open flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara within the next 7 days for less than $200.

What days are nonstop flights available from San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

Nonstop flights are available for this route on the following days: Friday, Saturday.

How many flights depart from San Francisco to Santa Barbara on average per day?

5 flight departures from San Francisco to Santa Barbara per day on average.
Morning (6am - Noon) - 80% of flight departures
Afternoon (Noon - 6pm) - 20% of flight departures

How long is the flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

A quick flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara can take about 1h 17m. United Airlines provides one of the quickest options available for as low as $117. The distance between San Francisco and Santa Barbara is about 263 mi. Generally, flights for this route are nonstop.

What is the cheapest airline to fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara round-trip?

According to our current data, United Airlines ($117), offers the cheapest pricing from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. This flight start at 61% lower than the current average price 3 months from now.

What are the most reliable airlines from San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

Before booking your flight to Santa Barbara from San Francisco, check out the most reliable airlines to get you to your destination on time: Lufthansa (93%), SkyWest Airlines (89%), United Airlines( 89%).

What are the most popular airlines that fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

The most popular airlines flying from San Francisco to Santa Barbara are Major Airline, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Something to consider prior to booking your flight.

What are the cheapest flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara?

The cheapest flight price from San Francisco to Santa Barbara is $157. On average you can expect to pay $376. The most popular route, (San Francisco - Santa Barbara), can usually be booked for $176.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Santa Barbara, CA

Do I need a COVID test to fly to Santa Barbara from San Francisco?

Information is based on travel restrictions for travel to Santa Barbara within the United States

Most visitors from San Francisco need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Santa Barbara.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from San Francisco must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to Santa Barbara.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from San Francisco are not required to quarantine after entering Santa Barbara.

Do I need a test to fly back to San Francisco from Santa Barbara?

Returning to San Francisco from Santa Barbara

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Santa Barbara must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to San Francisco.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Santa Barbara are not required to quarantine after entering San Francisco.

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Alternative routes for San Francisco to Santa Barbara

See prices for flight routes from nearby airports that may be better suited for you.

Destination information for Santa Barbara

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from San Francisco to Santa Barbara.
Flight duration from SFO to SBA
1h 14m
Average temperature for October in Santa Barbara
73.4 °F
Avg rainfall for October in Santa Barbara
0.3 ″

Airports servicing San Francisco

Airports servicing Santa Barbara

Top 3 airlines flying from San Francisco to Santa Barbara

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from San Francisco to Santa Barbara choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Contour
$198 $296 No cancel fee N/A

We couldn't confirm the COVID-19 safety measures taken by Contour. Please check directly on their website for additional information.

United Airlines
$245 $371 No cancel fee 69%
Linear Air Taxi
$1,393 $4,083 No cancel fee N/A

We couldn't confirm the COVID-19 safety measures taken by Linear Air Taxi. Please check directly on their website for additional information.

Hourly flight availability from San Francisco to Santa Barbara

See what time of day planes typically take off from San Francisco towards Santa Barbara.
Evening 6 PM to midnight 46% of SFO to SBA departures
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 31% of SFO to SBA departures
Morning 6 AM to noon 22% of SFO to SBA departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 1% of SFO to SBA departures
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM
Weekly flight availability
from San Francisco to Santa Barbara
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from San Francisco to Santa Barbara.
Sunday
5 daily flights
Monday
7 daily flights
Tuesday
7 daily flights
Wednesday
7 daily flights
Thursday
7 daily flights
Friday
7 daily flights
Saturday
5 daily flights
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