The cheapest times to fly from CAE to SMF are

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • April 16th to May 6th
  • August 6th to November 11th

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 SMF is late January. Prices can be as high as $763 for Sunday flights during late March, or as low as $358 for Wednesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to Sacramento

Flying from Columbia, SC (CAE) to Sacramento, CA (SMF) will usually cost between $367 to $670 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 $378. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late March, with an average price of $595. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $217 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $433 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CAE to SMF flight.

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

CAE to SMF Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CAE to SMF flight is much cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Columbia. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday 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 $161 (29%) 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 $392. Return trip prices are from the SMF 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 SMF can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 5 hour 3 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 SMF while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, CA

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 6.00% less expensive than SMF
  • 1-layover flights available

See CAE to SFO flights

Destination alternative #2: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 2.08% less expensive than SMF
  • 1-layover flights available

See CAE to SJC flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2258 miles or 3634 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CAE to SMF flight is about 5 hour 3 minutes.

How many flights go between Columbia, SC and Sacramento, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 70 available flights from CAE to SMF.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeCAE
Origination airport nameColumbia Metropolitan Airport
CityColumbia, SC
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeSMF
Destination airport nameSacramento International Airport
CitySacramento, CA
Countrythe United States


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