The cheapest times to fly from SMA to SID are

  • January 8th to April 1st
  • April 30th to July 1st
  • November 5th 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 SID is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $1905 for Sunday flights during early to mid August, or as low as $500 for Thursday flights around late January and early February.


When to Fly to Sal

Flying from Santa Maria (SMA) to Sal Island (SID) will usually cost between $535 to $1741 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January and early February with an average ticket price of $564. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid August, with an average price of $1746. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1182 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $859 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SMA to SID flight.

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

SMA to SID Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SMA to SID 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 $0.38, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Thursday 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 $132 (13%) 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 $901. Return trip prices are from the SID 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 SID can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 3 hour 31 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 SID while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Praia International Airport (RAI) in Praia

  • 129 miles (208 km) away from SID
  • Usually 18.11% less expensive than SID
  • 1-layover flights available

See SMA to RAI flights


Flight Hacking SMA to SID

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 SID — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $620
  • Average savings: $239 (27.84%)

See SMA to BRU flights

Hack #2: Brussels (SMA > BRU > SID)

  • Price for both tickets: $778
  • Average savings: $81 (9.44%)

See SMA to LIS flights

Hack #3: Luxembourg (SMA > LUX > SID)

  • Price for both tickets: $839
  • Average savings: $20 (2.27%)

See SMA to LUX flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SMA to SID? 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 Amilcar Cabral International Airport to Santa Maria Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1404 miles or 2260 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SMA to SID flight is about 3 hour 31 minutes.

How many flights go between Santa Maria and Sal Island?

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


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination code SID
Destination airport name Amilcar Cabral International Airport
City Sal Island
Country Cape Verde
Latitude 16.7
Longitude -22.9


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