The cheapest times to fly from SMA to FRA are

  • January 8th to June 24th (except the week of March 26th)
  • November 19th to December 9th

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 SMA to FRA is mid May. Prices can be as high as $1125 for Friday flights during late August to early September, or as low as $316 for Thursday flights around mid May.


When to Fly to Frankfurt

Flying from Santa Maria (SMA) to Frankfurt (FRA) will usually cost between $348 to $785 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid May with an average ticket price of $411. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late August to early September, with an average price of $763. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $352 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $516 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SMA to FRA flight.

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

SMA to FRA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SMA to FRA flight is cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Santa Maria Island. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.17, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Thursday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays 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 $193 (29%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Thursday and returning a week later will cost an average of $460. Return trip prices are from the FRA to SMA 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 SMA to FRA can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 23 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 SMA to FRA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Luxembourg Airport (LUX) in Luxembourg

  • 109 miles (175 km) away from FRA
  • Usually 26.36% less expensive than FRA
  • 1-layover flights available

See SMA to LUX flights

Destination alternative #2: Duesseldorf Airport (DUS) in Dusseldorf

  • 117 miles (188 km) away from FRA
  • Usually 9.30% less expensive than FRA
  • 1-layover flights available

See SMA to DUS flights


Flight Hacking SMA to FRA

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 SMA to FRA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Lisbon (SMA > LIS > FRA)

  • Price for both tickets: $281
  • Average savings: $236 (45.64%)

See SMA to OPO flights

Hack #2: Porto (SMA > OPO > FRA)

  • Price for both tickets: $316
  • Average savings: $201 (38.86%)

See SMA to LIS flights

Hack #3: Ponta Delgada (SMA > PDL > FRA)

  • Price for both tickets: $451
  • Average savings: $65 (12.6%)

See SMA to PDL flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 2 major airlines flying this route most often: Azores Airlines, Tap Air Portugal, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Frankfurt Main Airport to Santa Maria Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1894 miles or 3048 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SMA to FRA flight is about 4 hour 23 minutes.

How many flights go between Santa Maria and Frankfurt?

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


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSMA
Origination airport nameSanta Maria Airport
CitySanta Maria

Return Airport

Destination codeFRA
Destination airport nameFrankfurt Main Airport


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