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Distance between San Simeon and Santa Barbara

Driving non-stop from San Simeon to Santa Barbara

How far is Santa Barbara from San Simeon? Here's the quick answer if you drive this relatively short distance without making any stops.

Nonstop drive: 135 miles or 217 km

Driving time: 2 hours, 18 minutes

Even though you can drive this distance straight through, it might be more interesting to stop along the way. You can scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.

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Flying non-stop from San Simeon to Santa Barbara

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between San Simeon, California and Santa Barbara, California. 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.

Flight distance: 119 miles or 192 km

Flight time: 44 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 16 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.1x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/3th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book 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.

San Simeon to Santa Barbara road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Santa Barbara, and you want to stop on the way to explore. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting places along the way, or maybe eat at a great restaurant. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Road trip: 1 day of driving

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

Travel time: 2.5 hours on the road


Start in San Simeon.

Drive for about 49 minutes, then stop in San Luis Obispo and stay for about 2.5 hours. Next, drive for another 1 hour then stop in Solvang and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 43 minutes and arrive in Santa Barbara.

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:

San Simeon to Santa Barbara 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: San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP)

Arrival airport: Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)

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: 125 minutes

Getting to your destination: 25 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from SBP connecting through LAX and arriving at SBA flying on United Airlines. We can figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, time to taxi on the runways, and an average layover time of about 2 hours.

Initial flight time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Connecting airport: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Connection flight time: 43 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from San Simeon to Santa Barbara including time spent getting to and from the airports, roughly 2 hours at the departure airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, plus the connecting flight with a 2-hour layover.

Total travel time: 8 hours

To see the details on this flight plan, including recommended airports, airline, and route, check out the flight planner:

Plan a trip to Santa Barbara

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Santa Barbara, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Santa Barbara. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. A great place to eat might be McConnell's Fine Ice Creams. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Santa Barbara like Butterfly Beach. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Santa Barbara like Favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara?. Click the button below to explore Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara to San Simeon, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 135 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 18 minutes
flight distance is 119 miles
flight time of 44 minutes
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183 Santa Barbara travel answers

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