The cheapest times to fly from SMF to BUD are

  • January 1st to March 18th
  • August 20th to December 9th (except the week of November 19th)

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 SMF to BUD is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $1701 for Saturday flights during mid December, or as low as $947 for Wednesday flights around late January and early February.


When to Fly to Budapest

Flying from Sacramento, CA (SMF) to Budapest (BUD) will usually cost between $1003 to $1499 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 $1031. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $1561. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $530 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1159 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SMF to BUD flight.

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

SMF to BUD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SMF to BUD flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Sacramento. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to BUD, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into SMF. Saturdays 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 $94 (7%) 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 $1158. Return trip prices are from the BUD to SMF 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 SMF to BUD can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 11 hour 49 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 SMF to BUD while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Vienna International Airport (VIE) in Vienna

  • 133 miles (214 km) away from BUD
  • Usually 5.91% less expensive than BUD
  • 1-layover flights available

See SMF to VIE flights


Flight Hacking SMF to BUD

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 SMF to BUD — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (SMF > LAX > BUD)

  • Price for both tickets: $885
  • Average savings: $274 (23.65%)

See SMF to LAX flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (SMF > JFK > BUD)

  • Price for both tickets: $891
  • Average savings: $268 (23.09%)

See SMF to JFK flights

Hack #3: New York, NY (SMF > LGA > BUD)

  • Price for both tickets: $895
  • Average savings: $264 (22.74%)

See SMF to LGA flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 22 major airlines flying this route most often: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air France, Alaska, Alitalia, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Condor, Delta, Finnair, Iberia, Icelandair, JetBlue, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport to Sacramento International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6015 miles or 9680 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SMF to BUD flight is about 11 hour 49 minutes.

How many flights go between Sacramento, CA and Budapest?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 76 available flights from SMF to BUD.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination code BUD
Destination airport name Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport
City Budapest
Country Hungary
Latitude 47.4
Longitude 19.3


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