See first Planes and Our Earth.
airport-wideThe Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), a gateway to the enchantment of Santa Barbara, is located eight miles west of downtown Santa Barbara. Many hotels offer free pick-up and drop-off service, inquire when making your lodging reservation. Taxi cabs are also available. Click here to see a terminal map.

Airport Transportation

Many hotels have shuttle vans, or can arrange transportation for you. Check when you make your lodging reservation. See also Taxis and Limos on this site, and Ground Transportation on the Airport’s website.

The #11 MTD bus serves the airport more than 30 times daily to/from the downtown area. See the stops and the schedule here.

Getting to/from the Amtrak Station

The Goleta Amtrak Station is 1.9 miles from the airport entrance. See the Taxis and Limos page on this site, or suggested public transportation options below.

The closest door-to-door public transportation are the #6 and #11 MTD bus lines, which essentially run in opposite directions around the airport, UCSB, and Camino Real Marketplace.  While not a very direct route, the ~40 minute bus ride does not require a lot of walking and has no bus transfers.

  • Goleta Amtrak Station to the Airport: take the #6 bus line.
  • From the Airport to Goleta Amtrak station, take the #11 bus line.

Goleta Amtrak station stop: Hollister and La Patera Lane.
Airport stop:  Moffet Place and SB Airport

Airlines that fly to Santa Barbara

Alaska Air – 1-800-252-7522

American Airlines – 1-800-433-7300 and U.S. Airways – 1-800-428-4322 (merged)

United Airlines – 1-800-241-6522 (1-800United1)

If you fly to Los Angeles

FlyAway Bus – The FlyAway bus services goes between Los Angeles Airport and Union Station (where you can catch Amtrak to Santa Barbara, see Train). Operates every 30 minutes all day and night except between 1am and 5am when it operates every hour. Check the FlyAway website for latest info on fares (click link on left).

Santa Barbara Airbus – 16 daily trips to and from Los Angeles International Airport on comfortable, restroom equipped buses. See website or call 805 964 7759.

Air shuttle service – Choose one of the airlines listed above to book a short 1/2 hour flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Santa Barbara (SBA).

See also Taxis and Limos – Many Limo companies offer services to and from the Los Angeles Airport.