The cheapest times to fly from SMA to RIC are

  • January 1st to March 25th (except the weeks of February 5th and February 12th)
  • October 29th to December 9th (except the week of November 12th)

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 RIC is mid February. Prices can be as high as $6847 for Saturday flights during mid to late August, or as low as $3895 for Wednesday flights around mid February.


When to Fly to Richmond

Flying from Santa Maria (SMA) to Richmond, VA (RIC) will usually cost between $3909 to $5865 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid February with an average ticket price of $3898. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid to late August, with an average price of $6847. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $2950 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $4153 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SMA to RIC flight.

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

SMA to RIC Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SMA to RIC flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Santa Maria Island. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.91, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Richmond, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Santa Maria Island. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $664 (12%) 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 $4035. Return trip prices are from the RIC 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 RIC can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 6 hour 5 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 RIC while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Washington, DC

  • 100 miles (161 km) away from RIC
  • Usually 27.95% less expensive than RIC
  • 1-layover flights available

See SMA to IAD flights

Destination alternative #2: Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in Raleigh/Durham, NC

  • 139 miles (224 km) away from RIC
  • Usually 4.64% less expensive than RIC
  • 2-layover flights available

See SMA to RDU flights

Destination alternative #3: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Washington, DC

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from RIC
  • Usually 3.58% less expensive than RIC
  • 2-layover flights available

See SMA to DCA flights


Flight Hacking SMA to RIC

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 RIC — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Boston, MA (SMA > BOS > RIC)

  • Price for both tickets: $901
  • Average savings: $3252 (78.31%)

See SMA to LIS flights

Hack #2: Lisbon (SMA > LIS > RIC)

  • Price for both tickets: $1022
  • Average savings: $3131 (75.39%)

See SMA to BOS flights

Hack #3: Porto (SMA > OPO > RIC)

  • Price for both tickets: $1074
  • Average savings: $3079 (74.14%)

See SMA to OPO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, American, Azores Airlines, Delta, Tap Air Portugal, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Richmond International Airport to Santa Maria Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2830 miles or 4554 kilometers.

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

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

How many flights go between Santa Maria and Richmond, VA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 32 available flights from SMA to RIC.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSMA
Origination airport nameSanta Maria Airport
CitySanta Maria

Return Airport

Destination codeRIC
Destination airport nameRichmond International Airport
CityRichmond, VA
Countrythe United States


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