The cheapest times to fly from SMF to RDU are
- January 1st to February 25th
- May 14th to May 27th
- August 6th 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 RDU is late October to early November. Prices can be as high as $875 for Sunday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $305 for Wednesday flights around late October to early November.
When to Fly to Raleigh
Flying from Sacramento, CA (SMF) to Raleigh/Durham, NC (RDU) will usually cost between $328 to $576 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October to early November with an average ticket price of $338. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $541. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $203 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $388 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SMF to RDU flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SMF to RDU route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the SMF to RDU 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
Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to RDU, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into SMF. 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 $129 (26%) 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 $356. Return trip prices are from the RDU 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 RDU 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 12 minutes may not be realistic.
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from SMF to RDU? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, JetBlue, Qatar Airways, Southwest, Spirit, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Sacramento International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 2339 miles or 3764 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from SMF to RDU?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop SMF to RDU flight is about 5 hour 12 minutes.
How many flights go between Sacramento, CA and Raleigh/Durham, NC?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 100 available flights from SMF to RDU.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Sacramento International Airport|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Raleigh-Durham International Airport|
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