The cheapest times to fly from SMF to DCA are
- January 1st to March 4th
- April 23rd to May 6th
- August 6th to November 18th (except the week of October 1st)
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 DCA is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $1653 for Sunday flights during mid May, or as low as $301 for Tuesday flights around late January and early February.
When to Fly to Washington
Flying from Sacramento, CA (SMF) to Washington, DC (DCA) will usually cost between $330 to $679 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 $342. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid May, with an average price of $634. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $291 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $382 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SMF to DCA flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SMF to DCA route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the SMF to DCA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Sacramento. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.1, which is far below average.
Flight Prices by Day of the Week
Tuesday 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 $173 (32%) on this flight.
Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $370. Return trip prices are from the DCA to SMF flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.
Departing Prices by Day
Return Trip Prices by Day
Nonstop Flights and Layovers
Travelers looking to fly from SMF to DCA can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 5 hour 15 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 DCA while comparing.
- 30 miles (48 km) away from DCA
- Usually 8.12% less expensive than DCA
- Nonstop flights available
- 119 miles (192 km) away from DCA
- Usually 2.09% less expensive than DCA
- 1-layover flights available
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from SMF to DCA? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Sacramento International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 2375 miles or 3822 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from SMF to DCA?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop SMF to DCA flight is about 5 hour 15 minutes.
How many flights go between Sacramento, CA and Washington, DC?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 115 available flights from SMF to DCA.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Sacramento International Airport|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport|
|Country||the United States|
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