The cheapest times to fly from DTW to SMF are
- January 8th to February 25th (except the week of February 12th)
- April 16th to June 3rd (except the week of May 21st)
- August 6th to November 11th (except the week of October 8th)
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 DTW to SMF is late January. Prices can be as high as $911 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $249 for Tuesday flights around late January.
When to Fly to Sacramento
Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to Sacramento, CA (SMF) will usually cost between $249 to $482 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 $282. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $451. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $169 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $316 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DTW to SMF flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the DTW to SMF route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the DTW to SMF flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Detroit. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.1, 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 $137 (34%) 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 $270. Return trip prices are from the SMF to DTW 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 DTW to SMF can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 36 minutes may be realistic.
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from DTW to SMF? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 9 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from Sacramento International Airport to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 2008 miles or 3232 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from DTW to SMF?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop DTW to SMF flight is about 4 hour 36 minutes.
How many flights go between Detroit, MI and Sacramento, CA?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 98 available flights from DTW to SMF.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Sacramento International Airport|
|Country||the United States|
Late and Early Flight Data
Flights from DTW to SMF tend to depart late almost never compared to the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 12% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 8% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SMF heading for DTW about 1 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Sacramento, CA is about 15 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:
- Delta: 1 minutes late
- Some airlines not reporting
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