The cheapest times to fly from SMF to LAX are
- January 1st to March 4th (except the week of February 12th)
- April 16th to June 3rd
- July 2nd to July 22nd
- October 8th 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 LAX is late May to early June. Prices can be as high as $244 for Sunday flights during mid to late November, or as low as $97 for Tuesday flights around late May to early June.
When to Fly to Los Angeles
Flying from Sacramento, CA (SMF) to Los Angeles, CA (LAX) will usually cost between $117 to $198 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late May to early June with an average ticket price of $135. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid to late November, with an average price of $190. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $55 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $150 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SMF to LAX flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SMF to LAX route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the SMF to LAX 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 $0.25, which is 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 $47 (27%) 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 $126. Return trip prices are from the LAX 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 LAX can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 39 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 LAX while comparing.
- 109 miles (175 km) away from LAX
- Usually 20.74% less expensive than LAX
- Nonstop flights available
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from SMF to LAX? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Boutique Air, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from Los Angeles International Airport to Sacramento International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 373 miles or 600 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from SMF to LAX?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop SMF to LAX flight is about 1 hour 39 minutes.
How many flights go between Sacramento, CA and Los Angeles, CA?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 57 available flights from SMF to LAX.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Sacramento International Airport|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Los Angeles International Airport|
|City||Los Angeles, CA|
|Country||the United States|
Late and Early Flight Data
Flights from SMF to LAX tend to depart late far less frequently than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 20% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 18% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave LAX heading for SMF about 7 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Los Angeles, CA is about 1 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:
- Southwest: 5 minutes late
- Delta: 2 minutes early
- SkyWest: 14 minutes late
- Some airlines not reporting
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