The cheapest times to fly from SHD to SMF are

  • February 12th to March 18th
  • April 9th to May 13th
  • August 6th to November 18th

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 SHD to SMF is early September. Prices can be as high as $920 for Sunday flights during mid June, or as low as $450 for Tuesday flights around early September.


When to Fly to Sacramento

Flying from Staunton, VA (SHD) to Sacramento, CA (SMF) will usually cost between $520 to $860 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $576. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid June, with an average price of $803. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $227 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $675 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SHD to SMF flight.

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

SHD to SMF Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SHD to SMF flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Staunton. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.18, which is 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 $171 (22%) 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 $606. Return trip prices are from the SMF to SHD 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 SHD 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 5 hour 6 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 SHD to SMF while comparing.

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

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from SMF
  • Usually 11.26% less expensive than SMF
  • 1-layover flights available

See SHD to SFO flights


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

Hack #1: Washington, DC (SHD > IAD > SMF)

  • Price for both tickets: $505
  • Average savings: $171 (25.26%)

See SHD to IAD flights

Hack #2: Chicago, IL (SHD > ORD > SMF)

  • Price for both tickets: $535
  • Average savings: $141 (20.81%)

See SHD to ORD flights

Hack #3: Detroit, MI (SHD > DTW > SMF)

  • Price for both tickets: $622
  • Average savings: $53 (7.85%)

See SHD to DTW flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, SAS, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sacramento International Airport to Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2288 miles or 3682 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SHD to SMF flight is about 5 hour 6 minutes.

How many flights go between Staunton, VA and Sacramento, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 22 available flights from SHD to SMF.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SHD
Origination airport name Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport
City Staunton, VA
Country the United States
Latitude 38.3
Longitude -78.9

Return Airport

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


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