The cheapest times to fly from SMF to SAN are
- January 8th to February 4th
- May 28th to July 15th (except the weeks of June 4th and June 25th)
- August 6th to November 18th
- early December
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 SAN is early December. Prices can be as high as $298 for Sunday flights during mid to late November, or as low as $87 for Tuesday flights around early December.
When to Fly to San Diego
Flying from Sacramento, CA (SMF) to San Diego, CA (SAN) will usually cost between $97 to $190 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early December with an average ticket price of $107. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid to late November, with an average price of $194. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $87 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $119 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SMF to SAN flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SMF to SAN route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the SMF to SAN 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 $0.15, 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 $61 (37%) 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 $106. Return trip prices are from the SAN 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 SAN can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 51 minutes may be realistic.
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from SMF to SAN? 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, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from San Diego International Airport to Sacramento International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 480 miles or 772 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from SMF to SAN?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop SMF to SAN flight is about 1 hour 51 minutes.
How many flights go between Sacramento, CA and San Diego, CA?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 86 available flights from SMF to SAN.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Sacramento International Airport|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||San Diego International Airport|
|City||San Diego, CA|
|Country||the United States|
Late and Early Flight Data
Flights from SMF to SAN tend to depart late far less frequently than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 15% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 20% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SAN heading for SMF about 1 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in San Diego, CA is about 2 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:
- Southwest: 2 minutes late
- SkyWest: 1 minutes late
- Alaska: 8 minutes early
- Some airlines not reporting
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