The cheapest times to fly from SMF to DTW are
- January 8th to February 25th (except the week of February 5th)
- April 16th to May 27th (except the week of May 14th)
- August 6th to November 18th (except the week of October 8th)
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 DTW is late January. Prices can be as high as $963 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $249 for Tuesday flights around late January.
When to Fly to Detroit
Flying from Sacramento, CA (SMF) to Detroit, MI (DTW) will usually cost between $249 to $479 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $279. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $500. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $221 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $310 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SMF to DTW flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SMF to DTW route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the SMF to DTW 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 $137 (34%) 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 $268. Return trip prices are from the DTW 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 DTW can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 36 minutes may be realistic.
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from SMF to DTW? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 9 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport to Sacramento International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 2008 miles or 3232 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from SMF to DTW?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop SMF to DTW flight is about 4 hour 36 minutes.
How many flights go between Sacramento, CA and Detroit, MI?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 123 available flights from SMF to DTW.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Sacramento International Airport|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport|
|Country||the United States|
Late and Early Flight Data
Flights from SMF to DTW tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 31% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 15% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave DTW heading for SMF about 12 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Detroit, MI is about 6 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:
- Delta: 12 minutes late
- Some airlines not reporting