The cheapest times to fly from SJZ to SMA are

  • October 8th to August 5th (except the week of December 17th)

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 SJZ to SMA is late December. Prices can be as high as $328 for Tuesday flights during mid December, or as low as $157 for Wednesday flights around late December.


When to Fly to Santa Maria Island

Flying from Sao Jorge Island (SJZ) to Santa Maria (SMA) will usually cost between $157 to $328 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late December with an average ticket price of $157. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $186. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $29 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $328 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SJZ to SMA flight.

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

SJZ to SMA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SJZ to SMA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from São Jorge Island. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $1.02, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SMA, and Thursday the cheapest day to fly back into SJZ. Tuesdays are the most expensive days to fly to Santa Maria Island, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to São Jorge Island. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $5 (3%) 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 $157. Return trip prices are from the SMA to SJZ 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 SJZ to SMA can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 21 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 SJZ to SMA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) in Ponta Delgada

  • 61 miles (98 km) away from SMA
  • Usually 52.29% less expensive than SMA
  • Nonstop flights available

See SJZ to PDL flights


Flight Hacking SJZ to SMA

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 SJZ to SMA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Ponta Delgada (SJZ > PDL > SMA)

  • Price for both tickets: $264
  • Average savings: $64 (19.51%)

See SJZ to PDL flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SJZ to SMA? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 1 major airline flying this route most often: Azores Airlines, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Santa Maria Airport to Sao Jorge Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 201 miles or 323 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SJZ to SMA?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SJZ to SMA flight is about 1 hour 21 minutes.

How many flights go between Sao Jorge Island and Santa Maria?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 16 available flights from SJZ to SMA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SJZ
Origination airport name Sao Jorge Airport
City Sao Jorge Island
Country Portugal
Latitude 38.7
Longitude -28.2

Return Airport

Destination code SMA
Destination airport name Santa Maria Airport
City Santa Maria
Country Portugal
Latitude 37
Longitude -25.2


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