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Low Season:
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Best time to beat the crowds
3%
expected price decrease
High Season:
December
Most popular time to fly
9%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$359
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$278
or less (round trip)

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Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $277 or less.
The cheapest flight from Portland to Santa Barbara was found 57 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
Morning departure is around 17% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

FAQs for Booking Portland to Santa Barbara Flights

How long does a flight from Portland to Santa Barbara take?
An average nonstop flight takes 2h 11m, covering a distance of 784 miles.
How many flights are there between Portland and Santa Barbara?
There are 14 (nonstop) flights between Portland and Santa Barbara per week, averaging 2 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Portland to Santa Barbara?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on American Airlines ($214), Multiple Airlines ($251) and United ($314).
Do I need a passport to fly between Portland and Santa Barbara?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between Portland and Santa Barbara?
Alaska Airlines (2 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly Portland to Santa Barbara?
For Portland to Santa Barbara, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Monday is the most expensive. Flying from Santa Barbara back to Portland, the best deals are generally found on Tuesday, with Sunday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from Portland to Santa Barbara (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
Portland
$214
only
$214
Destination
Santa Barbara
$214
only
$214
Tue, Feb 27
PDX
SBA
6h 33m
Tue, Mar 6
SBA
PDX
6h 50m
Trip: 8 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
JAX
DFW
Excellent 8.6

Polite. Clean. Nice business class.

Would like more Western food.

LAS
DFW
Excellent 8.0

Flight was punctual and service was good.

Gate change

ORD
CLT
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

CLT
LGA
Excellent 10.0

Ability to upgrade to first class

Security taking forever

SAT
PHL
Excellent 8.0

I took American's first direct flight between Philadelphia and San Antonio. It was a nice plane, good service, and amenities for a cost. Love that the plane had plugs!

Sat, Mar 3
PDX
SBA
6h 33m
Wed, Mar 7
SBA
PDX
2h 20m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Mon, Mar 19
PDX
SBA
5h 11m
Wed, Apr 4
SBA
PDX
7h 01m
Trip: 17 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54591 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
FSD
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

Friendly crew.

Stuck in Denver because our flight was delayed so we missed our connection to Houston. Couldn’t get a hotel voucher because they are claiming a weather delay (which there was none).

IAD
GVA
Excellent 10.0

Best flight I have ever experienced!

Nothing

SJO
IAH
Mediocre 3.3

The check-in staff were very friendly and helpful.

I already knew I was going to pay $200 to ship my boards back home (I wonder if golf clubs which are roughly the same size cost as much,) but when pre-purchasing through the app for an "oversized" bag you have to put a "one" in the checked bag and a "one" in the oversized bag even though they're the same bag, but then they charge you for two, and when you tell the check-in person that you only have one bag of course they can't issue a refund. No, they tell you that you get to call customer service when you return home.

GRR
IAH
Good 6.0

Pay for food, cold on plane entire time, everyone bundled up in blankets, jackets but staff friendly

IAH
SAN
Mediocre 2.6

The staff were fine, nothing really great, but nothing bad either.

So, we'll start with boarding. Why airlines can't figure out to board the plane from back to front is beyond me. No, let's load front to back so everyone has to uncomfortably shove past the people who have already taken their seats at the front of the plane. Then you get back there and all the overhead bins are full because everyone takes as many bags as possible onto the plane. Then you have to sacrifice the already tiny amount of foot room, "to put the bag fully underneath the seat in front of you." At this point you should be fine, except if you're over five and a half feet tall (I don't know if that's true I'm 6'2" and 275 lbs,) because then your knees are going to be buried so deep in the chair in front of you that the person up there doesn't even need a seat they can just sit on your knees. Luckily for you tall people, they put a nice metal rod just about knee level to really dig in and cause pain . . . Yay! Being a big guy, you try to be considerate and fold your arms in to give the person next to you as much space as possible, but don't expect that back as they'll spread out and become as wide as possible. Then to distract yourself from the discomfort, you try to use the free in flight entertainment via the United app, but "it's not available right now." In summation either be short and small or be rich and buy the seats with extra legroom when you fly United.

Mon, Apr 2
PDX
SBA
2h 11m
Wed, Apr 11
SBA
PDX
2h 18m
Trip: 10 days
9.7ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.7 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
8.0
STL
SEA
Okay 4.0

We had to go back to the gate after we started the taxi to take off because some idiot had remembered he left a lithium battery in his checked luggage... The service cart kept hitting me and the attendant didn’t even say sorry or excuse me... aisles are too narrow... seats are too small. The guy next to me wouldn’t put the arm rest down because he felt to cramped, so he was hitting me with his elbow all evening... I’m just not happy, but glad to be home.

PDX
PHX
Excellent 10.0

Friendly and helpful. Let my son sit in the pilots seat!!

PSC
SEA
Good 6.3

Alaska Airlines has a great fruit and cheese plate for $7.50. GOGO app gives a good selection of movies, tv shows and HGTV!

Attendant was much more pleasant to the two men around me. Such a full flight, we were told to sit down until the food cart was done to access the lavatory. Too narrow of an aisle!

SFO
SNA
Excellent 9.3

Leg space. Free WiFi for t mobile customers.

STL
SEA
Excellent 8.0

On time

Late at night

Sat, Mar 3
PDX
SBA
6h 33m
Tue, Mar 6
SBA
PDX
6h 50m
Trip: 4 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
CLT
ILM
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

ORD
CLT
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

SAT
PHL
Excellent 8.0

I took American's first direct flight between Philadelphia and San Antonio. It was a nice plane, good service, and amenities for a cost. Love that the plane had plugs!

PHL
YYZ
Good 6.0

On time

Small seats

DFW
FLL
Excellent 8.0

No issues at all

N/A

Tue, Mar 6
PDX
SBA
7h 05m
Wed, Mar 14
SBA
PDX
6h 50m
Trip: 8 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
DFW
SAN
Okay 5.3

Direct flight from desired origin to destination Boarding by zones

Uncomfortable, small, seat space with inadequate legroom. Lack of personal entertainment options. Paid extra for earlier boarding group which only benefited me by about 5 people. (NOT WORTH IT!) Lack of complimentary food options. (Pay for everything)

PHX
GEG
Good 7.3

The crew was friendly and informative. They were very helpful. The

The seats were uncomfortable. They were hard and so narrow I had to sit crooked in the seat to keep from getting banged into by the service carts and every person going by to the bathrooms. I'm not tiny, but I'm not huge either, it was just overcrowded. It was also very hot in the airplane the entire way from Phoenix to Spokane. My husband, who is always cold, was even hot.

JAX
DFW
Excellent 8.6

Polite. Clean. Nice business class.

Would like more Western food.

PHL
YYZ
Good 6.0

On time

Small seats

SAT
PHL
Excellent 8.0

I took American's first direct flight between Philadelphia and San Antonio. It was a nice plane, good service, and amenities for a cost. Love that the plane had plugs!

Mon, Mar 12
PDX
SBA
6h 31m
Wed, Mar 14
SBA
PDX
6h 50m
Trip: 3 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
DFW
FLL
Excellent 8.0

No issues at all

N/A

PHX
GEG
Good 7.3

The crew was friendly and informative. They were very helpful. The

The seats were uncomfortable. They were hard and so narrow I had to sit crooked in the seat to keep from getting banged into by the service carts and every person going by to the bathrooms. I'm not tiny, but I'm not huge either, it was just overcrowded. It was also very hot in the airplane the entire way from Phoenix to Spokane. My husband, who is always cold, was even hot.

ORD
CLT
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

LAS
DFW
Excellent 8.0

Flight was punctual and service was good.

Gate change

PHL
YYZ
Good 6.0

On time

Small seats

Tue, Mar 6
PDX
SBA
7h 05m
Wed, Mar 14
SBA
PDX
4h 40m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, Mar 8
PDX
SBA
3h 59m
Mon, Mar 12
SBA
PDX
6h 50m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Mar 6
PDX
SBA
7h 05m
Mon, Mar 12
SBA
PDX
6h 50m
Trip: 6 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
JAX
DFW
Excellent 8.6

Polite. Clean. Nice business class.

Would like more Western food.

ORD
CLT
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

SAT
PHL
Excellent 8.0

I took American's first direct flight between Philadelphia and San Antonio. It was a nice plane, good service, and amenities for a cost. Love that the plane had plugs!

PHL
YYZ
Good 6.0

On time

Small seats

PHX
GEG
Good 7.3

The crew was friendly and informative. They were very helpful. The

The seats were uncomfortable. They were hard and so narrow I had to sit crooked in the seat to keep from getting banged into by the service carts and every person going by to the bathrooms. I'm not tiny, but I'm not huge either, it was just overcrowded. It was also very hot in the airplane the entire way from Phoenix to Spokane. My husband, who is always cold, was even hot.

Fri, Mar 9
PDX
SBA
4h 23m
Mon, Mar 12
SBA
PDX
6h 50m
Trip: 3 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Mar 20
PDX
SBA
6h 29m
Wed, Apr 4
SBA
PDX
7h 01m
Trip: 16 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54591 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
SJO
IAH
Mediocre 3.3

The check-in staff were very friendly and helpful.

I already knew I was going to pay $200 to ship my boards back home (I wonder if golf clubs which are roughly the same size cost as much,) but when pre-purchasing through the app for an "oversized" bag you have to put a "one" in the checked bag and a "one" in the oversized bag even though they're the same bag, but then they charge you for two, and when you tell the check-in person that you only have one bag of course they can't issue a refund. No, they tell you that you get to call customer service when you return home.

DEN
IAH
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

Never made it. Stuck in Denver.

LAX
LHR
Excellent 10.0

United Airlines team and the plaine were brilliant.

SFO
SNA
Okay 5.0

Cold, not enough space for carry on

DEN
PSP
Okay 4.3

Paid for Econoplus seat but was assigned a seat in the row before the emergency exit. Seat uncomfortable didn’t recline had to go through refund process

Tue, Apr 3
PDX
SBA
2h 11m
Wed, Apr 11
SBA
PDX
2h 18m
Trip: 9 days
9.7ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.7 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
8.0
PSC
SEA
Good 6.3

Alaska Airlines has a great fruit and cheese plate for $7.50. GOGO app gives a good selection of movies, tv shows and HGTV!

Attendant was much more pleasant to the two men around me. Such a full flight, we were told to sit down until the food cart was done to access the lavatory. Too narrow of an aisle!

HNL
SEA
Good 7.5

Love the fact Alaskan has a few more inches of leg room. The plane was actually at a good temperature rather than the normal freezing!

Boarding and disembarking is SO slow at pretty much all airlines. It would be great if SOMEONE would come up with a better plan.

PDX
PHX
Excellent 10.0

Friendly and helpful. Let my son sit in the pilots seat!!

STL
SEA
Okay 4.0

We had to go back to the gate after we started the taxi to take off because some idiot had remembered he left a lithium battery in his checked luggage... The service cart kept hitting me and the attendant didn’t even say sorry or excuse me... aisles are too narrow... seats are too small. The guy next to me wouldn’t put the arm rest down because he felt to cramped, so he was hitting me with his elbow all evening... I’m just not happy, but glad to be home.

PDX
SBA
Excellent 10.0

Ease of the flight snacks and drinks are free

Sat, Mar 10
PDX
SBA
4h 23m
Mon, Mar 12
SBA
PDX
6h 50m
Trip: 2 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Mar 21
PDX
SBA
6h 29m
Wed, Apr 4
SBA
PDX
4h 40m
Trip: 15 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54591 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
LAX
LHR
Excellent 10.0

United Airlines team and the plaine were brilliant.

SFO
SNA
Okay 5.0

Cold, not enough space for carry on

FSD
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

Friendly crew.

Stuck in Denver because our flight was delayed so we missed our connection to Houston. Couldn’t get a hotel voucher because they are claiming a weather delay (which there was none).

DEN
LAX
Okay 5.0

Great crew and process

For the fare, the leg room is not enough for average 6'0 person to be comfortable for longer than an hour.

DEN
IAH
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing

Never made it. Stuck in Denver.

Wed, Apr 4
PDX
SBA
2h 11m
Wed, Apr 11
SBA
PDX
2h 18m
Trip: 8 days
9.7ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.7 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
8.0
STL
SEA
Okay 4.0

We had to go back to the gate after we started the taxi to take off because some idiot had remembered he left a lithium battery in his checked luggage... The service cart kept hitting me and the attendant didn’t even say sorry or excuse me... aisles are too narrow... seats are too small. The guy next to me wouldn’t put the arm rest down because he felt to cramped, so he was hitting me with his elbow all evening... I’m just not happy, but glad to be home.

LAX
SEA
Okay 4.3

Every single member of personnel i met from the gate agents to the flight attendants were rude and abrupt. Certainly did not understand guest service. My first time flying Alaska and I guess it was a case of “you get what you pay for”

PDX
SBA
Excellent 10.0

Ease of the flight snacks and drinks are free

LAX
SEA
Excellent 10.0

Stewards were friendly and accommodating! Hope to encounter some again!

N/A

SEA
IAH
Excellent 8.0

Beautiful scenery that included seeing Mt. Adams, Mount Hood and flying right by Mt Rainier.

Crammed in like sardines! Had to wait for other planes to leave so we could park the plane.

Tue, Apr 17
PDX
SBA
6h 26m
Tue, Apr 24
SBA
PDX
7h 31m
Trip: 8 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28211 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.7
ORD
CLT
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

DFW
SAN
Okay 5.3

Direct flight from desired origin to destination Boarding by zones

Uncomfortable, small, seat space with inadequate legroom. Lack of personal entertainment options. Paid extra for earlier boarding group which only benefited me by about 5 people. (NOT WORTH IT!) Lack of complimentary food options. (Pay for everything)

SJU
MIA
Excellent 9.3

New onboard entertainment

SAT
PHL
Excellent 8.0

I took American's first direct flight between Philadelphia and San Antonio. It was a nice plane, good service, and amenities for a cost. Love that the plane had plugs!

CLT
ILM
Mediocre 3.0

Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time.

Fri, Mar 30
PDX
SBA
4h 23m
Tue, Apr 3
SBA
PDX
5h 05m
Trip: 5 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54591 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
IAH
SAN
Mediocre 2.6

The staff were fine, nothing really great, but nothing bad either.

So, we'll start with boarding. Why airlines can't figure out to board the plane from back to front is beyond me. No, let's load front to back so everyone has to uncomfortably shove past the people who have already taken their seats at the front of the plane. Then you get back there and all the overhead bins are full because everyone takes as many bags as possible onto the plane. Then you have to sacrifice the already tiny amount of foot room, "to put the bag fully underneath the seat in front of you." At this point you should be fine, except if you're over five and a half feet tall (I don't know if that's true I'm 6'2" and 275 lbs,) because then your knees are going to be buried so deep in the chair in front of you that the person up there doesn't even need a seat they can just sit on your knees. Luckily for you tall people, they put a nice metal rod just about knee level to really dig in and cause pain . . . Yay! Being a big guy, you try to be considerate and fold your arms in to give the person next to you as much space as possible, but don't expect that back as they'll spread out and become as wide as possible. Then to distract yourself from the discomfort, you try to use the free in flight entertainment via the United app, but "it's not available right now." In summation either be short and small or be rich and buy the seats with extra legroom when you fly United.

IAH
CUN
Mediocre 2.0

poor service, rude flight attendants, no leg room, dirty plane...

poor service, rude flight attendants, no leg room, dirty plane...

GRR
IAH
Good 6.0

Pay for food, cold on plane entire time, everyone bundled up in blankets, jackets but staff friendly

LAX
LHR
Excellent 10.0

United Airlines team and the plaine were brilliant.

IAD
GVA
Excellent 10.0

Best flight I have ever experienced!

Nothing

Sat, Mar 3
PDX
SBA
6h 33m
Tue, Mar 6
SBA
PDX
6h 20m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Mar 20
PDX
SBA
6h 30m
Mon, Apr 2
SBA
PDX
16h 50m
Trip: 14 days
9.7ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 9.7 Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
8.0
PDX
PHX
Excellent 10.0

Friendly and helpful. Let my son sit in the pilots seat!!

STL
SEA
Excellent 8.0

On time

Late at night

STL
SEA
Okay 4.0

We had to go back to the gate after we started the taxi to take off because some idiot had remembered he left a lithium battery in his checked luggage... The service cart kept hitting me and the attendant didn’t even say sorry or excuse me... aisles are too narrow... seats are too small. The guy next to me wouldn’t put the arm rest down because he felt to cramped, so he was hitting me with his elbow all evening... I’m just not happy, but glad to be home.

SEA
MCI
Good 6.5

Extra leg room in economy.

Only 3 bathrooms for the entire economy class. The cabin was freezing.

SFO
SNA
Excellent 9.3

Leg space. Free WiFi for t mobile customers.

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Portland to Santa Barbara Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 2h 14m
Flights Arrive in Santa Barbara
Flights Depart from Portland
Flight Price $214
Distance 784 miles
Airlines American Airlines, United, Alaska Airlines
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