The cheapest times to fly from CAE to GTF are

  • January 1st to March 4th
  • April 16th to April 29th
  • August 13th to December 9th (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 CAE to GTF is late January. Prices can be as high as $1242 for Sunday flights during late March, or as low as $347 for Wednesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to Great Falls

Flying from Columbia, SC (CAE) to Great Falls, MT (GTF) will usually cost between $419 to $976 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $433. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late March, with an average price of $920. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $487 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $659 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CAE to GTF flight.

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

CAE to GTF Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CAE to GTF flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Columbia. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.22, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to GTF, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into CAE. 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 $219 (26%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $560. Return trip prices are from the GTF to CAE 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 CAE to GTF can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 16 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 CAE to GTF while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) in Bozeman, MT

  • 118 miles (190 km) away from GTF
  • Usually 35.66% less expensive than GTF
  • 1-layover flights available

See CAE to BZN flights

Destination alternative #2: Missoula International Airport (MSO) in Missoula, MT

  • 134 miles (216 km) away from GTF
  • Usually 14.26% less expensive than GTF
  • 1-layover flights available

See CAE to MSO flights


Flight Hacking CAE to GTF

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 CAE to GTF — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Minneapolis, MN (CAE > MSP > GTF)

  • Price for both tickets: $618
  • Average savings: $41 (6.22%)

See CAE to MSP flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from CAE to GTF? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 3 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Great Falls International Airport to Columbia Metropolitan Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1823 miles or 2934 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from CAE to GTF?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CAE to GTF flight is about 4 hour 16 minutes.

How many flights go between Columbia, SC and Great Falls, MT?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 25 available flights from CAE to GTF.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code CAE
Origination airport name Columbia Metropolitan Airport
City Columbia, SC
Country the United States
Latitude 33.9
Longitude -81.1

Return Airport

Destination code GTF
Destination airport name Great Falls International Airport
City Great Falls, MT
Country the United States
Latitude 47.5
Longitude -111.4


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