The cheapest times to fly from HNL to SMF are

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • July 30th to December 9th (except the weeks of November 12th 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 HNL to SMF is mid October. Prices can be as high as $951 for Saturday flights during early January, or as low as $382 for Wednesday flights around mid October.


When to Fly to Sacramento

Flying from Honolulu, HI (HNL) to Sacramento, CA (SMF) will usually cost between $398 to $787 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid October with an average ticket price of $428. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $781. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $352 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $557 can be considered a good price for a round-trip HNL to SMF flight.

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

HNL to SMF Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the HNL to SMF flight is cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Honolulu. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.14, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SMF, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into HNL. Saturdays 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 $130 (20%) 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 $517. Return trip prices are from the SMF to HNL 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 HNL to SMF can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 5 hour 25 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 HNL 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 23.88% less expensive than SMF
  • Nonstop flights available

See HNL to SJC flights

Destination alternative #2: Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK) in Oakland, CA

  • 76 miles (122 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 20.56% less expensive than SMF
  • Nonstop flights available

See HNL to OAK flights

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

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 13.29% less expensive than SMF
  • Nonstop flights available

See HNL to SFO flights

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

  • 112 miles (180 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 7.90% less expensive than SMF
  • 1-layover flights available

See HNL to RNO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Mokulele Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, Sun Country Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sacramento International Airport to Daniel K Inouye International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2460 miles or 3959 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop HNL to SMF flight is about 5 hour 25 minutes.

How many flights go between Honolulu, HI and Sacramento, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 120 available flights from HNL to SMF.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code HNL
Origination airport name Daniel K Inouye International Airport
City Honolulu, HI
Country the United States
Latitude 21.3
Longitude -157.9

Return Airport

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


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from HNL to SMF tend to depart much later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 58% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 3% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SMF heading for HNL about 35 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Sacramento, CA is about 37 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

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