The cheapest times to fly from PVG to SMF are

  • January 29th to April 29th
  • September 3rd to September 16th
  • October 8th to December 2nd
  • December 17th to December 31st

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 PVG to SMF is early November. Prices can be as high as $1335 for Saturday flights during mid August, or as low as $471 for Wednesday flights around early November.


When to Fly to Sacramento

Flying from Shanghai (PVG) to Sacramento, CA (SMF) will usually cost between $539 to $1164 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 $548. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid August, with an average price of $1195. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $647 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $660 can be considered a good price for a round-trip PVG to SMF flight.

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

PVG to SMF Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the PVG to SMF flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Shanghai. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.07, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SMF, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into PVG. 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 $141 (14%) 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 $681. Return trip prices are from the SMF to PVG 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 PVG 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 12 hour 0 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 PVG to SMF while comparing.

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

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 14.39% less expensive than SMF
  • Nonstop flights available

See PVG to SFO flights


Flight Hacking PVG 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 PVG to SMF — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $584
  • Average savings: $77 (11.59%)

See PVG to flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 13 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska, American, ANA, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Hainan, JAL, Korean Air, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sacramento International Airport to Pudong Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6122 miles or 9852 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop PVG to SMF flight is about 12 hour 0 minutes.

How many flights go between Shanghai and Sacramento, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 23 available flights from PVG to SMF.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codePVG
Origination airport namePudong Airport

Return Airport

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


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