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Santa Barbara Airport

Getting Here

Easy Access

Come by plane, train or automobile-Santa Barbara is easy to get to, and as you'll soon discover, not so easy to leave!

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is located 8 miles from downtown Santa Barbara and offers all the advantages of a regional airport. No long TSA lines, expedited luggage retrieval, easy access to ground transportation and minimal travel time to your final destination.

There are 32 daily departures to 6 non-stop airports and one-stops to anywhere in the world you want to fly. Our easy-going Spanish-style airport welcomes jet-setters. Flights from Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Portland, OR and Seattle via Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, frontier Airlines and United Airlines, Or you can fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), just 90 miles south away, and catch a ride on an Airbus shuttle or rent a car to drive up the coast. Road-trippers will arrive via Highway 101. This stretch of the 101 (aka Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway) passes right through Santa Barbara and dishes out plenty of views to thrill. Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR) is located 95 miles South/East of Santa Barbara and there is an Amtrak Station located in the airport. Amtrak trains stop in downtown Santa Barbara and Goleta several times a day.

Once you've arrived in Santa Barbara, it's super-easy to get around. Hop on a battery-electric shuttle or MTD bus, rent a bike or teeny electric car, or just tour on foot. We're one of the nation's green transportation leaders-visit www.SantaBarbaraCarFree.org to find out more.

 

Transportation Details

By Car

From the south or north, follow U.S. Highway 101 and the Pacific Coast Highway, which become the same road at various stages. Santa Barbara is just a 90-mile drive (144 km) from Los Angeles; we recommend taking the scenic route along Highway 1 via Malibu. From San Francisco, we're just 325 miles (523 km) down the road. Again, if you have time, take the slower route along two-lane Highway One through Big Sur and Cambria to gaze at stunning views along the way-this section of the PCH is one of the nation's most famous drives. But those views are just a prelude of what lies ahead. Santa Barbara's scenery rivals the best on the planet.

By Rail

Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner travels 12 times daily between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. The Coast Starlight journeys daily between Los Angeles and Seattle, with stops in Oakland/San Francisco, Sacramento and Portland. Both trains stop at the Amtrak station in downtown Santa Barbara at 209 State Street. The Pacific Surfliner also stops in Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe, Santa Maria and Surf/Lompoc. Info: 800.USA.RAIL, www.amtrak.com.

By Air

Fly nonstop to the Santa Barbara Airport from Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle via five commercial airlines. It's just 10 miles north of downtown. Connect through Los Angeles International Airport or San Francisco International Airport for one-stop international access. Info: 805.967.7111, www.flysba.com.

Commercial Airlines

Alaska Airlines 800.252.7522, alaskaair.com

American Airlines 800.433.7300, aa.com

United Airlines 800.241.6522, united.com

US Airways 800.428.4322, usairways.com

Frontier Airlines 800.432.1359, frontierairlines.com  

Air Charters

Santa Barbara Executive Jet 877.359.7235, flysbej.com

Sun West Charter 800.293.2437, flysunwest.com

Airport Shuttles

American International Transportation Services

Chauffeured transportation from Santa Barbara Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport, plus six other airports and ports in California. 888.334.5466, aitslimo.com

Roadrunner Shuttle and Limousine Service

This service travels from Santa Barbara Airport to Carpinteria, Goleta, Montecito and Santa Barbara. It also travels from Los Angeles International Airport to Carpinteria, Goleta, Montecito and Santa Barbara. Other cities available; reservations required. 800.247.7919, rrshuttle.com

Santa Barbara Airbus

The airbus shuttles between Los Angeles International Airport and Carpinteria, Goleta and Santa Barbara 14 times a day. The bus also partners with Coast Flyer to provide service to Buellton, Santa Maria, Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo. 805.964.7759, santabarbaraairbus.com

 

 

Distances from Santa Barbara to:
Hearst Castle – 151 mi. / 243 km        
Las Vegas, NV – 368 mi. / 592 km    
LAX – 99 mi. / 160 km
Monterey – 249 mi. / 401 km    
San Diego – 216 mi. / 348 km        
San Luis Obispo – 104 mi. / 167 km
SFO (San Francisco Airport) – 324 mi. / 518 km
Yosemite – 336 mi. / 538 km



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