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Santa Barbara Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Santa Barbara Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the name of a hotel near the airport in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what to expect during your time at Santa Barbara Airport.

What to Expect

  • The airport is open 24-hours. No eateries are available overnight.
  • The brand new terminal opened in 2011, with current routes to a few cities in the western U.S.
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • As of May 2017, we have no reviews from travellers who have used this airport. Write a review to help future travellers!
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Santa Barbara Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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Santa Barbara Airport Information

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.

Airport Lounges

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

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Airport Hotels

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

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.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Santa Barbara Airport.

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

  • Baggage Carts - 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 - Staffed by volunteers, the Rickard Terminal Visitor Information Desk offers information on airport services and the local area.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Mobile Charging - Charging stations for laptops, mobile phones and other devices, are available on the 2nd floor of the terminal.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.

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Airport Hours

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

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As of February 2018, Santa Barbara airport is served by the following airlines: American Airlines • Alaska Airlines • United Airlines.

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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 Airport 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 at the airport.

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Last Updated: 12 March 2018

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. 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/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .