The cheapest times to fly from LGW to SMF are

  • January 1st to March 25th
  • September 10th to March 25th (except the weeks of December 17th and December 24th)

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 LGW to SMF is early November. Prices can be as high as $1942 for Saturday flights during late July, or as low as $703 for Tuesday flights around early November.


When to Fly to Sacramento

Flying from London (LGW) to Sacramento, CA (SMF) will usually cost between $784 to $1461 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early November with an average ticket price of $778. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $1566. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $788 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $963 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LGW to SMF flight.

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

LGW to SMF Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LGW to SMF flight is priced close to the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from London. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.11, 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. 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 $92 (9%) 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 $959. Return trip prices are from the SMF to LGW 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 LGW to SMF can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 10 hour 30 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 LGW to SMF while comparing.

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

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 54.08% less expensive than SMF
  • Nonstop flights available

See LGW 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 51.79% less expensive than SMF
  • 1-layover flights available

See LGW to SJC flights

Destination alternative #3: Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK) in Oakland, CA

  • 76 miles (122 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 15.27% less expensive than SMF
  • 1-layover flights available

See LGW to OAK flights


Flight Hacking LGW to SMF

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 LGW to SMF — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (LGW > LAX > SMF)

  • Price for both tickets: $586
  • Average savings: $377 (39.17%)

See LGW to SEA flights

Hack #2: Seattle, WA (LGW > SEA > SMF)

  • Price for both tickets: $673
  • Average savings: $290 (30.13%)

See LGW to LAX flights

Hack #3: Boston, MA (LGW > BOS > SMF)

  • Price for both tickets: $697
  • Average savings: $266 (27.64%)

See LGW to BOS flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 20 major airlines flying this route most often: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air France, Alaska, American, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Finnair, Iberia, Icelandair, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, WestJet, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sacramento International Airport to London Gatwick Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5291 miles or 8515 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LGW to SMF flight is about 10 hour 30 minutes.

How many flights go between London and Sacramento, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 74 available flights from LGW to SMF.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code LGW
Origination airport name London Gatwick Airport
City London
Country the United Kingdom
Latitude 51.1
Longitude -0.2

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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