Sleeping in Airports

Santa Barbara Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Santa Barbara Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

SBA Airport Overview

santa barbara airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.

What to expect

Santa Barbara Airport (code: SBA) consists of a small, modern terminal with four gates and a restaurant and gift shop, both on the airside. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

We have received no reviews from travellers who have passed through this airport.  For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Santa Barbara Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Residence Inn Santa Barbara Goleta – (2 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available upon request via courtesy phone. Shuttle does not operate 24 hours a day. » Check Rates
  • Super 8 Santa Barbara/Goleta – (2 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Motel 6 Santa Barbara – Goleta – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Santa Barbara Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges at the airport.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Santa Barbara Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available in the baggage claim area.

Duty Free & Shopping – No duty free shops available. There is a gift shop located upstairs, airside (4:30AM – 8:00PM).

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: La Mission Cafe (Landside. Hours: 7:00AM – 6:00PM) • Costa Terraza Restaurant & Tapas Bar (Airside. Hours: 7:00AM – 8:30PM) • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Airside. Hours: 4:30AM – 6:00PM except Sundays when it opens at 5:00AM).

Information Desk – Have any questions? There is an information desk available to provide assistance! Staffed by volunteers, the Information Desk offers information on airport services and the local area.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Recharge your mobile devices at charging stations on the 2nd floor.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The terminal is open from 3:45AM to 12:00AM (or until the last flight arrives). Travellers who need to sleep in the airport should go to the baggage claim area, which is open 24 hours.


Santa Barbara airport is served by the following airlines: Alaska AirlinesAmerican Airlines • Contour Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Frontier • Sun Country Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The airport is connected to the public transportation system via a bus which connects to the airport on Moffat Road (across from the airport). For fares and schedules, visit the Santa Barbara Metro website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National. In addition, Thrifty offers offsite services.


Taxis are readily available.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.