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
64.4 - 73.4 °F
SBA
Precipitation
0 - 2.7 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

$157

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?

Leaving on a Friday is a viable option for saving on travel. Heavily demanded days of the week can typically drive up the prices you see. Booking your travel for a less competitive day can save up to 37% on the overall cost on flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara.

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

Users have found that booking a flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara at least 17 days early can save you up to 20% on average compared to booking a flight this week. If booking 17 days before your flight isn’t an option for you, users have found flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara for as little as $75 when booking for a departure date within the next two weeks. You can also check prices now. Some users have found airline tickets as low as $95 for flights departing within the next 3 days.

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

Our data shows that April tends to be the cheapest month to fly to Santa Barbara from San Francisco. Users have commonly found prices around $86 for the month, but tickets can be as low as $43. Due to multiple factors, prepare for potentially higher prices in December.

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

One of the essential ways to save on airfare from San Francisco to Santa Barbara is to remain as flexible as possible. Flights that are in the morning tend to be the most expensive. A flight in the evening could potentially save you up to 11% on airfare.

Cheap flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in August, September 2021

The best prices found for SFO to SBA flights for August, September
26 Aug - 29 Aug
$117pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
26 Aug - 29 Aug
$136pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
19 Aug - 22 Aug
$137pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco

San Francisco to Santa Barbara 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Santa Barbara from San Francisco found for this year
26 Aug - 29 Aug
$117pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
26 Aug - 29 Aug
$136pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
19 Aug - 22 Aug
$137pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-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
26 Aug - 29 Aug
$117pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
19 Aug - 22 Aug
$137pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
14 Dec - 17 Dec
$147pp
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
12 Aug - 15 Aug
$197pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
12 Aug - 15 Aug
$206pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
9 Aug - 16 Aug
$217pp
SFO
San Francisco
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SBA
Santa Barbara
SBA
Santa Barbara
United Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco

One-way flights to Santa Barbara from San Francisco

The cheapest one-way flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara
2:00 am - 9:50 am
Alaska Airlines
1 Stop
7h 50m
SFO - SBA
Alaska Airlines
$157
Alaska Airlines
6:50 pm - 1:35 pm
Multiple Airlines
2 Stops
18h 45m
SFO - SBA
Multiple Airlines
$167
Kiwi.com
12:40 pm - 6:33 am
United Airlines
2 Stops
17h 53m
SFO - SBA
United Airlines
$170
United

Related info for your journey

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Flight FAQs

From San Francisco to Santa Barbara

Are flight prices decreasing from San Francisco to Santa Barbara due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

At this time, Cheapflights has noticed price decreases for many domestic flights due to COVID-19. Travel is not necessarily recommended at this time, and flights may be prone to cancellation: please check with local authorities in both San Francisco and Santa Barbara for travel alerts, and be sure to review the airline's cancellation policy and travel advisories before booking. For more information, please view our post on what to know about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and travel.

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.

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 06m for a nonstop flight. There are 4 flights from San Francisco to Santa Barbara per day from 6 airlines.

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 $165.

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 $194.

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: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

How popular is this flight route?

The San Francisco to Santa Barbara flight path was viewed by 791 users in the past month. Keep an eye out for changes in search interest prior to high and low season.

Does it rain more in San Francisco or Santa Barbara?

Expected rainfall in San Francisco is same as in Santa Barbara. You can expect this to be the case over the next 3 days.

Is San Francisco weather warmer or cooler than Santa Barbara?

With an average temperature of 77 °F, peak weather can be found in September. As a traveler, expect to see changes in flight prices during that period. The temperatures in Santa Barbara are colder than in San Francisco.

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

There are many flights that can get you from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 1h 07m. Fly via United Airlines or Alaska Airlines to get the fastest option. This flight may include one or multiple stops.

What are the cheapest airlines flying from San Francisco to Santa Barbara round-trip?

Flying on United Airlines is currently your cheapest option to Santa Barbara, with prices starting at $117. Another option worth looking into is Alaska Airlines, starting at $194 round trip. Users have found that United Airlines is 61% cheaper than the other options available to this destination.

What are the cheapest airlines to fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara one-way?

For one-way options, check prices for United Airlines. According to our data, you can fly for as low as $59. Users have also found tickets on Alaska Airlines for as little as $118.

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
1h 13m
Average temperature for August in Santa Barbara
73.4 °F
Avg rainfall for August in Santa Barbara
0.1 ″

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 38% of SFO to SBA departures
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 35% of SFO to SBA departures
Morning 6 AM to noon 26% 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
8 daily flights
Monday
4 daily flights
Tuesday
4 daily flights
Wednesday
4 daily flights
Thursday
4 daily flights
Friday
4 daily flights
Saturday
4 daily flights
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