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Distance between Santa Barbara and Denver



Driving non-stop from Santa Barbara to Denver

How far is Denver from Santa Barbara? Here's the quick answer if you have friends taking shifts as driver so that you can make the entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 1,106 miles or 1780 km

Driving time: 16 hours, 47 minutes

This is a really long drive, so it's not very realistic to drive nonstop. To get a better idea of how long this road trip would actually take, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would be if you drive with stops.





Flying non-stop from Santa Barbara to Denver

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Santa Barbara, California and Denver, Colorado. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

Flight distance: 890 miles or 1433 km

Flight time: 2 hours, 1 minute

The straight line flight distance is 216 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.2x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/7th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, you might be booking a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. Scroll down to see a more realistic calculation that takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.




Santa Barbara to Denver road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Denver, and you want to stop along the way to rest. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and maybe even find a hotel to stay overnight. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Based on the length of this trip, we think you could spread out this fun road trip over more than one day.

Road trip: 2 days of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 17 hours on the road with 1 overnight


Itinerary

Start in Santa Barbara.

Drive for about 1.5 hours, then stop in Los Angeles and stay for about 4 hours. Next, drive for another 2 hours then stop in Barstow and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 2.5 hours then stop in Las Vegas. Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 3 hours, then stop at Zion National Park and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 2 hours then stop at Boulder Mountain and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 2 hours then stop at Arches National Park and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 3.5 hours then stop in Vail and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 18.5 hours and arrive in Denver.


To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:






Santa Barbara to Denver airports and flights

In the quick calculation above, we assumed you had a private plane and just wanted to know the time in the air from city to city. But for most of us, we're going to be flying on a commercial airline (whether it's first class or coach). So that means we really need to account for all the extra travel time getting to the airport, waiting for our flight, and making it to the destination.

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)

Arrival airport: Denver International Airport (DEN)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 25 minutes

Getting to your destination: 55 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from SBA to DEN on Frontier Airlines Inc. and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

Commercial flight time: 2 hours, 21 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Santa Barbara to Denver including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 6 hours




Plan a trip to Denver

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Denver, Colorado. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Denver. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver. A great place to eat might be Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Denver like Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Denver like Short, scenic drives from Denver? . Click the button below to explore Denver in detail.






How far is it the other way?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Denver to Santa Barbara, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know Santa Barbara, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Santa Barbara!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,106 miles
driving time of 16 hours, 47 minutes
flight distance is 890 miles
flight time of 2 hours, 1 minute
Denver is 1 hour ahead of Santa Barbara
181 Santa Barbara travel answers
127 Denver travel answers





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