Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) Santa Barbara’s aviation history began in 1914 when Lincoln Beachey flew an airplane across Goleta Valley. Two years later the Loughead Brothers, who later changed their name to Lockheed, established a seaplane factory on State Street and constructed a wooden ramp on West Beach to launch their planes. In 1928, Gordon Sacket and Royce Stetson landed a Hisso-powered airplane in a cow pasture near the corner of Hollister and Fairview Avenues and set up a flight school on the spot. That first airstrip marked the beginning of what was to become the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, and in the 1930′s it developed into an airfield as airplane manufacturing grew. The SBA Spanish-style terminal building, commissioned by United Airlines in 1942 was designed by William Edwards and Joseph Plunkett, an architectural team who work includes the Arlington Theatre and the National Armory.
Free Wi-Fi Access: Santa Barbara Airport passengers have easy, free access to the internet using their laptops and hand-held devices in the Airline Terminal lobbies, security hold rooms or lawn areas while waiting to board flights. There are several charging stations for laptop and mobile devices on the second floor of the airline terminal.
A variety of ground transportation options are available at Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) conveniently connecting the airport to surrounding hotels, tourist attractions, businesses, and residencies. These options include rental cars, commercial and courtesy shuttles, taxis, and MTD buses.
Hotel suggested driving directions from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) to the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara – travel time 20 minutes/12 miles:
- Turn right out of airport parking onto William Moffett Road;
- Turn left onto entrance of Highway 101 South;
- Exit at Olive Mill Road;
- Turn right onto Channel Drive at the stop sign; and
- The Hotel is on the right.
Hotel suggested driving directions from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara – travel time 1 hour 50 minutes/93 miles:
- Exit onto Century Boulevard;
- Turn right onto Highway 405 North;
- Merge onto Highway 101 North (Ventura Freeway);
- Exit at Olive Mill Road/Coast Village Road;
- Turn left at stop sign; and
- The Hotel is on the right.
A taxicab ride is approximately $60 one-way plus gratuity from the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) to the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara and 20-30 minutes travel time.
Taxi Cab Companies:
American Taxi – 805.708.1000
Crown Cab – 805.689.0234
Fly By Night Taxi – 805.886.8617
Roadways Cab – 805.683.6200
Rose Cab – 805.451.0426
Santa Barbara Airport Taxi – 805.895.2422 (not affiliated with the airport)
Santa Barbara City Cab – 805.968.6868
Santa Barbara Checker Cab – 805.560.8284
Santa Barbara Yellow Cab – 805.965.5111
Private sedan and driver
Phone the Concierge Desk with the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara to reserve a private sedan and driver (805-565-8291). The cost is $144.38 including gratuity and the cost can be charged to your guest room at the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara hotel.
Shuttle Service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
The Santa Barbara Airbus operates sixteen (16) trips per day between the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Santa Barbara, Calif., and other cities. Travel time varies between 2 hours 15-30 minutes one-way, dependent on time of day, and with only one stop before Santa Barbara. Reserve your seat online for a discount at www.sbairbus.com or phone (805) 964-7759. (Cost example is one passenger, discounted prepaid ticket id $46.00 one way/$88.00 round trip. More than one passenger reduces the cost further. For details go to www.sbairbus.com You must arrive at pickup point 15 minutes prior to departure.