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.

Sleeping in Santa Barbara Airport

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.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Santa Barbara Airport Guide.

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 the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Santa Barbara Airport:

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Santa Barbara, search deals and read traveller reviews.

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

ATM/Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, Main entrance • Landside, 2nd Floor near Passenger screening.

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.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport Hours

The terminal is open 24 hours. Travellers who need to sleep in the airport should go to the baggage claim area, which is open 24 hours.

The TSA security check point opens at approximately 4:00am daily and closes approximately 15 minutes after the last departure of the day.


Santa Barbara airport is served by the following airlines: Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Southwest • 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.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are readily available.

Last updated: 2024-01-31

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.