The cheapest times to fly from RIC to CIU are

  • February 19th to March 4th
  • April 23rd to June 10th (except the week of April 30th)
  • August 20th to February 4th (except the weeks of August 27th, October 8th, November 19th, November 26th, 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 RIC to CIU is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $1325 for Saturday flights during early August, or as low as $282 for Tuesday flights around mid to late September.


When to Fly to Sault Ste. Marie

Flying from Richmond, VA (RIC) to Sault Ste. Marie, MI (CIU) will usually cost between $335 to $680 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late September with an average ticket price of $389. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $776. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $387 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $507 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RIC to CIU flight.

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

RIC to CIU Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RIC to CIU flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Richmond. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.45, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to CIU, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into RIC. 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 $186 (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 $441. Return trip prices are from the CIU to RIC 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 RIC to CIU can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 15 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 RIC to CIU while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) in Traverse City, MI

  • 117 miles (188 km) away from CIU
  • Usually 32.97% less expensive than CIU
  • 1-layover flights available

See RIC to TVC flights

Destination alternative #2: Sawyer International Airport (MQT) in Marquette, MI

  • 140 miles (225 km) away from CIU
  • Usually 20.43% less expensive than CIU
  • 1-layover flights available

See RIC to MQT flights

Destination alternative #3: Pellston Regional of Emmet County Airport (PLN) in Pellston, MI

  • 50 miles (80 km) away from CIU
  • Usually 14.71% less expensive than CIU
  • 1-layover flights available

See RIC to PLN flights

Destination alternative #4: Delta County Airport (ESC) in Escanaba, MI

  • 131 miles (211 km) away from CIU
  • Usually 11.94% less expensive than CIU
  • 1-layover flights available

See RIC to ESC flights


Flight Hacking RIC to CIU

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 RIC to CIU — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Minneapolis, MN (RIC > MSP > CIU)

  • Price for both tickets: $503
  • Average savings: $4 (0.69%)

See RIC to MSP flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from RIC to CIU? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 3 major airlines flying this route most often: Delta, SAS, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Chippewa County International Airport to Richmond International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 707 miles or 1138 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from RIC to CIU?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop RIC to CIU flight is about 2 hour 15 minutes.

How many flights go between Richmond, VA and Sault Ste. Marie, MI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 19 available flights from RIC to CIU.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code RIC
Origination airport name Richmond International Airport
City Richmond, VA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.5
Longitude -77.3

Return Airport

Destination code CIU
Destination airport name Chippewa County International Airport
City Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Country the United States
Latitude 46.3
Longitude -84.5


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