The cheapest times to fly from BUR to SMF are

  • January 1st to February 25th
  • July 30th to December 16th (except the weeks of November 19th and November 26th)

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 BUR to SMF is mid August. Prices can be as high as $576 for Sunday flights during mid June, or as low as $150 for Tuesday flights around mid August.


When to Fly to Sacramento

Flying from Burbank, CA (BUR) to Sacramento, CA (SMF) will usually cost between $174 to $494 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid August with an average ticket price of $207. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid June, with an average price of $450. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $242 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $295 can be considered a good price for a round-trip BUR to SMF flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the BUR to SMF route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

BUR to SMF Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the BUR to SMF flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Burbank. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.51, 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 $149 (39%) 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 $234. Return trip prices are from the SMF to BUR flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from BUR to SMF can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 38 minutes may 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 a nonstop flight from BUR to SMF while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 56.37% less expensive than SMF
  • Nonstop flights available

See BUR to SJC flights

Destination alternative #2: Buchanan Field Airport (CCR) in Concord, CA

  • 55 miles (89 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 44.65% less expensive than SMF
  • Nonstop flights available

See BUR to CCR flights

Destination alternative #3: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, CA

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 22.24% less expensive than SMF
  • Nonstop flights available

See BUR to SFO flights

Destination alternative #4: Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO) in Reno, NV

  • 112 miles (180 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 15.45% less expensive than SMF
  • 1-layover flights available

See BUR to RNO flights

Destination alternative #5: Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK) in Oakland, CA

  • 76 miles (122 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 12.39% less expensive than SMF
  • Nonstop flights available

See BUR to OAK flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from BUR to SMF? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Southwest, Spirit, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sacramento International Airport to Bob Hope Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 359 miles or 578 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from BUR to SMF?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop BUR to SMF flight is about 1 hour 38 minutes.

How many flights go between Burbank, CA and Sacramento, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 91 available flights from BUR to SMF.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code BUR
Origination airport name Bob Hope Airport
City Burbank, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 34.2
Longitude -118.4

Return Airport

Destination code SMF
Destination airport name Sacramento International Airport
City Sacramento, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 38.7
Longitude -121.6


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from BUR to SMF tend to depart late far less frequently than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 17% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 15% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SMF heading for BUR about 3 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Sacramento, CA is about 3 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Southwest: 3 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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