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Car Hire Santa Barbara Airport 

Car Hire Guide for Santa Barbara Airport, California

Introduction:
Santa Barbara, often referred to as the "American Riviera," is a blend of stunning coastal beauty, historic architecture, and a vibrant arts scene. Renting a car from Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is a wise choice for those wanting to explore the city and its surroundings efficiently.

Exiting Santa Barbara Airport With Your Hire Car:
When you leave the Santa Barbara Airport, you'll primarily use William L. Moffett Place, which connects to Hollister Avenue. From Hollister Avenue, it's easy to access Highway 101, the primary north-south highway that links Santa Barbara to other Californian cities.

Distances and Tolls:

  • Santa Barbara Airport to Downtown Santa Barbara: Approx. 10 miles via Highway 101. Duration: 15-20 minutes. No tolls.
  • Santa Barbara Airport to Los Angeles: About 95 miles via Highway 101. Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours. Generally, no tolls on this route but be aware of optional express lanes in the LA area that may carry fees.

Road Conditions:
Roads around Santa Barbara and its airport are typically in excellent condition. However, like many coastal Californian towns, Santa Barbara's streets can be narrow and winding in places, especially in the hills.

Traffic:
While traffic within Santa Barbara is generally mild, it can become congested during peak hours, especially near downtown and on Highway 101. If heading towards Los Angeles or San Francisco on Highway 101, anticipate traffic slowdowns as you approach these major cities.

California Driving Customs & Rules:

  • Right on Red: After coming to a complete stop and ensuring the way is clear (and if not prohibited by a sign), you may turn right at a red light.
  • HOV Lanes: Some highways have High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. Make sure to understand the requirements (often 2 or 3+ people in a vehicle) before using them.
  • Cell Phones: It's illegal to use a handheld cellphone while driving in California. If you need to make a call or use GPS, use a hands-free system.
  • Bicyclists: California has a "Three Feet for Safety" rule. When passing a bicyclist, ensure there's at least three feet between your vehicle and the cyclist.

Weather Considerations:
While Santa Barbara boasts a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers, it's always wise to check the weather forecast, especially if you plan to drive into the mountains or along coastal routes where fog can be an issue.

Conclusion:
Renting a car from Santa Barbara Airport allows travelers the freedom to explore the American Riviera and nearby attractions with ease. Whether cruising along the coast, diving into the culture downtown, or heading to a neighboring city, understanding the local driving conditions and customs ensures a smooth journey. 


Current Rental Rates in Santa Barbara Airport

Nissan Versa

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.12 EUR/day
Nissan Versa

7 Days rental at 266.87 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 38.12 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 266.87 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Elantra

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.26 EUR/day
Hyundai Elantra

7 Days rental at 267.82 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Santa Barbara Airport: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • The region around Santa Barbara is often referred to as the American Riviera
  • The coast was named Santa Barbara in 1603 by a Spanish sailor who survived a storm by sheltering there 
  • Santa Barbara has the lofty Santa Ynez Mountains as its backdrop
  • Nearly ten thousand Native Americans of the Chumash tribe lived there prior to European colonisation
  • In 1812 a powerful earthquake and tsunami destroyed the town

 

Popular car hire destinations in Santa Barbara Airport

Best car rental companies in Santa Barbara Airport

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No.2: ALAMO,
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No.1: ENTERPRISE,
based on 2610 reviews
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No.3: NATIONAL,
based on 484 reviews
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Santa Barbara Airport car hire information

  • 9.2/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Alamo US Corporate
  • € 266.84
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 38.12
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 44
    Most Popular Type:
    Fullsize
  • 20
    Most popular model:
    Volkswagen Jetta
  • 217
    Total Cars Available
     

Average prices per day in Santa Barbara Airport

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January€ 75
February€ 84
March€ 72
April€ 71
May€ 75
June€ 83
July€ 87
August€ 71
September€ 71
October€ 73
November€ 85
December€ 80
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January€ 74
February€ 78
March€ 68
April€ 64
May€ 71
June€ 77
July€ 85
August€ 70
September€ 72
October€ 70
November€ 83
December€ 77
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January€ 104
February€ 101
March€ 88
April€ 85
May€ 98
June€ 104
July€ 130
August€ 103
September€ 97
October€ 98
November€ 107
December€ 111
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January€ 83
February€ 86
March€ 73
April€ 69
May€ 79
June€ 84
July€ 100
August€ 86
September€ 81
October€ 80
November€ 90
December€ 92
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January€ 93
February€ 98
March€ 85
April€ 81
May€ 87
June€ 94
July€ 110
August€ 97
September€ 93
October€ 93
November€ 102
December€ 107
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April€ 34
May€ 36
June€ 39
July€ 62
August€ 39
September€ 37
October€ 35
November
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January€ 98
February€ 103
March€ 83
April€ 79
May€ 96
June€ 103
July€ 115
August€ 100
September€ 94
October€ 95
November€ 104
December€ 107
ItemPercent
January€ 71
February€ 90
March€ 81
April€ 116
May€ 93
June€ 107
July€ 100
August€ 86
September€ 76
October€ 79
November€ 98
December€ 88

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