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Travel time from San Simeon to Santa Barbara



San Simeon to Santa Barbara airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from San Simeon to Santa Barbara? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Santa Barbara, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.


Wednesday, 10:21 am:  start in San Simeon
drive for about 2 hours
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 60 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 12:52 pm at the latest

12:27 pm:  San Luis County Regional (SBP)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 1:22 pm

12:42 pm:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

1:12 pm:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

1:27 pm:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

1:42 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

1:52 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 45 minutes

2:37 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 20 minutes to taxi to the runway

2:57 pm:  wheels up! take-off from SBP
fly for about 41 minutes in the air

3:38 pm:  San Francisco International (SFO)
San Francisco, CA is the same time as San Luis Obispo, CA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

3:43 pm:  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

3:50 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 7 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

4:05 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:15 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 34 minutes

4:49 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:07 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from LAX
fly for about 44 minutes in the air

5:51 pm (local time):  Santa Barbara Municipal (SBA)
Santa Barbara is the same time as San Simeon
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

5:56 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at SBA
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 25 minutes to your destination

6:20 pm (local time):  arrive in Santa Barbara

Total travel time: 8 hours




Flying non-stop from San Simeon to Santa Barbara

How far is Santa Barbara from San Simeon? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 119 miles or 192 km

Flight time: 44 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 7 hours, 59 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 10.8x faster, and saves you about 7.5 hours in your total travel time.

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.

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. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.



Best day of the week to fly to Santa Barbara

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from SBP to SFO, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from SFO to SBA, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Based on these statistical results, we chose Wednesday for the flight itinerary above.




Alternate flights from San Simeon to Santa Barbara

The most common route is SBP to SFO, then connecting to SBA, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:

  1. SBP to SFO to SBA
    San Luis County Regional to San Francisco International to Santa Barbara Municipal
  2. SBP to LAX to SBA
    San Luis County Regional to Los Angeles International to Santa Barbara Municipal
  3. SBP to PHX to SBA
    San Luis County Regional to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Santa Barbara Municipal
  4. SBP to SEA to SBA
    San Luis County Regional to Seattle/Tacoma International to Santa Barbara Municipal




Airlines that fly to Santa Barbara

We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your connecting flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)




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.






What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Santa Barbara to San Simeon, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a San Simeon to Santa Barbara road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from San Simeon to Santa Barbara?

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
flight distance is 119 miles
flight time of 44 minutes
39 San Simeon travel answers
185 Santa Barbara travel answers

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Santa Barbara Airports
  1. Santa Barbara Municipal Airport



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