Airport terminal with holiday decor

Holiday Travel Tips

Authored on
December 15, 2022

Flying through the Santa Barbara Airport this busy holiday season? Parking in the Long Term Lot is limited during peak travel days, so plan to arrive early or catch a ride to SBA. By following these helpful tips and tricks, you can ensure your travels are as smooth as possible:

🚙 Arrive early to park at one of SBA's three parking lots. During peak travel days, there is often very limited parking available in the Long Term Parking Lot. The Economy Parking Lot at 140 Frederick Lopez Road (off Hollister Avenue) is available to utilize 24/7 with a shuttle that runs every 15 minutes. Catching a ride to SBA is also highly recommended: recruit a friend, grab a taxi, carpool, or utilize a rideshare service! 
😷 Masks are not required but recommended at SBA and by the CDC for indoor public transportation. Be sure to check with your airline and other airports you’ll be traveling with to ensure you’re prepared for their policies, as they may be different.
🧴 You can still carry up to 12 oz of hand sanitizer in your carry-on. 
🧳 Speaking of carry-ons, please only bring two carry-on items per person to help ensure the TSA security checkpoint runs smooth and quickly!
💻 Check with your airline for updates on your flight status.
📲 Download and use a mobile boarding pass to help limit person-to-person contact; this also helps to keep the lines short and your travel easier!
⌚ Arrive 2 hours early, especially during a peak travel times. SBA is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy a meal and coffee from the restaurant, or a book and snack from the locally owned shop!
🚗 Picking up passengers? Remember you cannot park your vehicle at the curb for any duration of time or leave your vehicle unattended. There are two nearby cell phone lots available for those waiting to pick up their loved ones.

For more general travel information, visit SBA's FAQs. Safe travels and thank you for flying SBA!