The cheapest times to fly from SJC to SMF are
- January 1st to March 4th (except the week of February 12th)
- August 6th to November 18th
- December 3rd to December 16th
based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from SJC to SMF is mid October. Prices can be as high as $1290 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $184 for Tuesday flights around mid October.
When to Fly to Sacramento
Flying from San Jose, CA (SJC) to Sacramento, CA (SMF) will usually cost between $198 to $420 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid October with an average ticket price of $218. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $534. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $316 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $262 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SJC to SMF flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SJC to SMF route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the SJC to SMF flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from San Jose. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $1.74, which is above average.
Flight Prices by Day of the Week
Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $124 (35%) on this flight.
Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $233. Return trip prices are from the SMF to SJC flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.
Departing Prices by Day
Return Trip Prices by Day
Nonstop Flights and Layovers
Travelers looking to fly from SJC to SMF can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 9 minutes may not be realistic.
Alternative Nearby Airports
Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from SJC to SMF while comparing.
- 112 miles (180 km) away from SMF
- Usually 39.39% less expensive than SMF
- Nonstop flights available
- 86 miles (138 km) away from SMF
- Usually 5.54% less expensive than SMF
- 1-layover flights available
Flight Hacking SJC to SMF
Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from SJC to SMF — but Champion Traveler does!
- Price for both tickets: $240
- Average savings: $22 (8.22%)
- Price for both tickets: $257
- Average savings: $5 (1.72%)
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from SJC to SMF? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 9 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, JetBlue, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from Sacramento International Airport to Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 94 miles or 151 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from SJC to SMF?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop SJC to SMF flight is about 1 hour 9 minutes.
How many flights go between San Jose, CA and Sacramento, CA?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 85 available flights from SJC to SMF.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport|
|City||San Jose, CA|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Sacramento International Airport|
|Country||the United States|
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