Santa Barbara Travel Information

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Travel by land, sea, or air; all the basic information is covered here.

Travel by Ground
Travel by Air
Travel by Sea
Luxury Jet Travel
Cheapest Travel to Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara Travel by Ground

Santa Barbara County is the southern-most county of California's rugged Central Coast. This coastline lies between Ventura and San Luis Obispo on US 101/State Route 1.

Whether you arrive from the north or south, the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most scenic drives in California.

US 101 and SR 1 run concurrently in this area. It's the main artery through town.

Drive north from LA or south from San Luis Obispo on US 101, and you can't miss Santa Barbara!

Ground Transportation Services

Need to rent a car? There are several car rental agencies in town. Click here to find your perfect Santa Barbara car rental.

Would you rather look at the scenery than drive your own car? Going wine tasting? Santa Barbara is full of professionals who would love to drive you around safely.

Airport shuttle services often provide wine tasting limos. Some will even rent just a chauffeur-for-a-day.

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Santa Barbara Travel by Air

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Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)

Commercial Airline Terminal
500 Fowler Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Lost & Found/Paging/Airport Security (805) 681-4803

Click here to download an information guide about the Santa Barbara Airport.

Directions to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport:

1. From Santa Barbara, go north on US 101 toward Goleta.
2. Exit US 101 at Fairview and go south (toward the ocean).
3. South Fairview turns into Fowler Road, and you're at the terminal.

There are daily non-stop flights to Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) from

Denver (DEN) via Frontier and United
Phoenix (PHX) via US Airways
Los Angeles (LAX) via American and United
Sacramento (SAC) via Horizon Air
Salt Lake City (SLC) via Delta
San Francisco (SFO) via United
Seattle (SEA) via Horizon Air

To contact these Santa Barbara airlines, please click here.

Santa Maria Public Airport District (SMX)

3217 Terminal Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93455
General phone: (805) 922-1726
Lost & Found: (805) 925-4086

The Santa Maria Airport is in the heart of Santa Barbara's wine country, about 65 miles (104 km) north of the Pacific coast.

This is the only Santa Barbara airport that offers non-stop flights to Las Vegas (LAS). Allegiant Air flight schedules are updated monthly and can change daily. Here's how to contact Allegiant.

Four daily non-stop flights to Los Angeles via SkyWest/United Express are also available from SMX.

Directions to Santa Maria Airport:

1. Exit Hwy 101 at Betteravia Road and go west on Betteravia Road.
2. Continue west to Skyway Drive (also Blosser Road) and turn left.
3. Follow Skyway Drive until you come to Terminal Drive and turn right.

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Santa Barbara Travel by Sea

Santa Barbara Yacht Club
130 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 965-8112
GPS: N34 24.213 W119 41.562

Santa Barbara is a beautiful boating destination.

To enter the Santa Barbara Harbor, turn in at buoys 5/6 and follow the channel until buoys 14/15. Please be careful to stay within the red and green buoys.

Take care to avoid the ever-changing sandspit at the entrance to the harbor.

Follow the main channel that leads toward the city pier/fuel dock. The Santa Barbara Yacht Club has a guest slip which is located adjacent to the fuel dock at the end-tie of Marina 1, Finger D.

Please check in at the Yacht Club Front Desk upon your arrival. Their office hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

For specific questions concerning hazardous materials, please contact the Harbor master at (805) 564-5530.

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Luxury Santa Barbara Travel

Looking for more private luxury air travel? I've got a hot tip for you.

Silver Air is an up-an-coming charter jet company in Santa Barbara. Their web site ( is hard to find with a Google Search and it's not listed on the Santa Barbara airport web site.

This is a true word-of-mouth find. One of the owner/pilots is a personal friend of mine. I know him to be a good guy and careful pilot with many years of commercial experience.

I highly recommend Silver Air to anyone wanting private jet travel at competitive rates. Flights can be arranged 24/7 with as little as 2 hours notice.

For more information, visit their web site at Call toll free 800-889-5840 to book your flight.

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Cheap Santa Barbara Travel

Two of the fifteen busiest Amtrak routes run through Santa Barbara.

The Pacific Surfliner runs from San Luis Obispo to San Diego and the Coast Starlight runs from Seattle to Los Angeles.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit or call 800-872-7245.

Santa Barbara is also accessible by Greyhound Bus. For more information or to make a reservation, visit or call 800-231-2222.

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