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Travel time from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach



Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Pismo Beach, 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, 1:46 pm:  start in Santa Barbara
drive for about 24 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 3:05 pm at the latest

2:10 pm:  Santa Barbara Municipal (SBA)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 3:35 pm

2:40 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

3:40 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

4:10 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

4:25 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:35 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 21 minutes

4:56 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:14 pm:  wheels up! take-off from SBA
fly for about 49 minutes in the air

6:03 pm:  San Francisco International (SFO)
San Francisco, CA is the same time as Santa Barbara, CA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

6:08 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

6:30 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 22 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

6:45 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

6:55 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 13 minutes

7:08 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 20 minutes to taxi to the runway

7:28 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 37 minutes in the air

8:05 pm (local time):  San Luis County Regional (SBP)
Pismo Beach is the same time as Santa Barbara
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

8:09 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at SBP
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 19 minutes to your destination

8:29 pm (local time):  arrive in Pismo Beach

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

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach 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: 3 hours




Flying non-stop from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach

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

Flight distance: 73 miles or 118 km

Flight time: 22 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 6 hours, 43 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 12x faster, and saves you about 6 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 Pismo Beach

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from SBA to SFO, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from SFO to SBP, 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 Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach

The most common route is SBA to SFO, then connecting to SBP, 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. SBA to SFO to SBP
    Santa Barbara Municipal to San Francisco International to San Luis County Regional
  2. SBA to LAX to SBP
    Santa Barbara Municipal to Los Angeles International to San Luis County Regional
  3. SBA to PHX to SBP
    Santa Barbara Municipal to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to San Luis County Regional
  4. SBA to SEA to SBP
    Santa Barbara Municipal to Seattle/Tacoma International to San Luis County Regional




Airlines that fly to Pismo Beach

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 Pismo Beach

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Pismo Beach, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Pismo Beach. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort. A great place to eat might be Splash Cafe. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Pismo Beach like Laetitia Vineyard & Winery. Click the button below to explore Pismo Beach 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 Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara, 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 Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach?

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
flight distance is 73 miles
flight time of 22 minutes
185 Santa Barbara travel answers
5 Pismo Beach travel answers

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Pismo Beach Airports
  1. San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport
  2. Santa Maria Public Airport



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