The cheapest times to fly from CMH to SMF are

  • January 1st to February 25th
  • August 6th to November 18th

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 CMH to SMF is late October to early November. Prices can be as high as $739 for Sunday flights during mid March, or as low as $265 for Tuesday flights around late October to early November.


When to Fly to Sacramento

Flying from Columbus, OH (CMH) to Sacramento, CA (SMF) will usually cost between $329 to $563 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October to early November with an average ticket price of $350. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid March, with an average price of $528. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $178 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $398 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CMH to SMF flight.

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

CMH to SMF Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CMH to SMF flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Columbus. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, which is far below 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 $151 (30%) 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 $350. Return trip prices are from the SMF to CMH 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 CMH 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 4 hour 41 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 CMH 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 4.65% less expensive than SMF
  • 1-layover flights available

See CMH to SJC flights

Destination alternative #2: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, CA

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 1.51% less expensive than SMF
  • Nonstop flights available

See CMH to SFO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 19 major airlines flying this route most often: Air China, Alaska, American, Chengdu Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Frontier, Hainan, Lucky Air, Shandong, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, Sichuan Airlines, Southwest, Spirit, Spring, United, West Air, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sacramento International Airport to John Glenn Columbus International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2053 miles or 3304 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CMH to SMF flight is about 4 hour 41 minutes.

How many flights go between Columbus, OH and Sacramento, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 77 available flights from CMH to SMF.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code CMH
Origination airport name John Glenn Columbus International Airport
City Columbus, OH
Country the United States
Latitude 40
Longitude -82.9

Return Airport

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


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