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The cheapest times to fly from SMF to IAD are

  • January 1st to March 4th
  • April 23rd to May 6th
  • August 13th to November 18th

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 IAD is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $1024 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $332 for Tuesday flights around late January and early February.

 

When to Fly to Washington

Flying from Sacramento, CA (SMF) to Washington, DC (IAD) will usually cost between $358 to $615 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 $360. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $573. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $214 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $394 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SMF to IAD flight.

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

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SMF to IAD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SMF to IAD 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 $112 (23%) 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 $377. Return trip prices are from the IAD to SMF flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

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Return Day Prices

 

Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SMF to IAD can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 5 hour 13 minutes may 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 a nonstop flight from SMF to IAD while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) in Baltimore, MD

  • 45 miles (72 km) away from IAD
  • Usually 10.91% less expensive than IAD
  • Nonstop flights available

See SMF to BWI flights

Destination alternative #2: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in Philadelphia, PA

  • 135 miles (217 km) away from IAD
  • Usually 5.08% less expensive than IAD
  • 1-layover flights available

See SMF to PHL flights

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

  • 24 miles (39 km) away from IAD
  • Usually 3.05% less expensive than IAD
  • 1-layover flights available

See SMF to DCA flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 8 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, Sun Country Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Washington Dulles International Airport to Sacramento International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2351 miles or 3784 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SMF to IAD flight is about 5 hour 13 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 IAD.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codeSMF
Origination airport nameSacramento International Airport
CitySacramento, CA
Countrythe United States
Latitude38.7
Longitude-121.6

Return Airport

Destination codeIAD
Destination airport nameWashington Dulles International Airport
CityWashington, DC
Countrythe United States
Latitude38.9
Longitude-77.5

 

Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from SMF to IAD tend to depart late almost never compared to the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 13% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 39% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave IAD heading for SMF about 4 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Washington, DC is about 2 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • United: 4 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting

 

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