Arriving by Plane

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Municipal Airport

For those who are flying in, Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) is a short 10-mile drive from downtown Santa Barbara offering a flyer-friendly experience with ease of access from terminal to gate.

With daily departures and multiple nonstop flights to and from major hubs, including Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle—and now Atlanta and Salt Lake City (beginning June 2024)—it’s relatively easy and convenient to fly to Santa Barbara and experience the stunning beauty, delicious cuisine and fun activities you’ll find in The American Riviera®.

The Santa Barbara Airport reflects the area’s laid-back attitude and distinctive architecture. If your visit to Santa Barbara starts and ends here, you will arrive and depart in true Santa Barbara style. But flying in and out are only a small aspect of the SBA experience. The beautifully designed facility features a Public Art Program, which showcases commissioned art, long-term loan of existing art and rotating exhibits of regional art, so you can enjoy a last taste of Santa Barbara’s unique arts and culture scene while you wait for your flight.

Santa Barbara Airport nonstop flights and Carriers:

Alaska Airlines: Seattle (SEA) and Portland (PDX)
American Airlines: Dallas (DFW) and Phoenix (PHX)
Delta Air Lines: Atlanta (ATL)* and Salt Lake City (SLC)*
Southwest Airlines: Denver (DEN), Oakland (OAK) and Las Vegas (LAS)
Surf Air: San Carlos (SQL) and Hawthorne (HHR)
United Airlines: Denver (DEN),  Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO)
*Beginning June 7, 2024

Nearby Airports

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is located about 90 miles southeast of Santa Barbara. Serving dozens of international and domestic destinations, the airport offers flights on virtually every major carrier.
Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) is located about 85 miles southeast of Santa Barbara and serves several domestic destinations on eight major carriers.