The cheapest times to fly from SNA to CUL are

  • January 1st to February 18th (except the weeks of January 8th and February 5th)
  • April 2nd to July 29th (except the weeks of April 30th and June 11th)

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 SNA to CUL is late May. Prices can be as high as $2761 for Sunday flights during late December, or as low as $487 for Tuesday flights around late May.


When to Fly to Culiacán

Flying from Santa Ana, CA (SNA) to Culiacan (CUL) will usually cost between $911 to $2761 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late May with an average ticket price of $1661. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $2671. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1010 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $2349 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SNA to CUL flight.

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

SNA to CUL Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SNA to CUL flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Santa Ana. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $1.66, which is above 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 $767 (28%) 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 $1749. Return trip prices are from the CUL to SNA flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SNA to CUL can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 34 minutes may not 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 not usually a nonstop flight from SNA to CUL while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: General Rafael Buelna International Airport (MZT) in Mazatlan

  • 135 miles (217 km) away from CUL
  • Usually 73.31% less expensive than CUL
  • 1-layover flights available

See SNA to MZT flights


Flight Hacking SNA to CUL

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from SNA to CUL — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Guadalajara (SNA > GDL > CUL)

  • Price for both tickets: $445
  • Average savings: $1904 (81.06%)

See SNA to GDL flights

Hack #2: Mexico City (SNA > MEX > CUL)

  • Price for both tickets: $489
  • Average savings: $1860 (79.18%)

See SNA to MEX flights

Hack #3: San Jose del Cabo (SNA > SJD > CUL)

  • Price for both tickets: $537
  • Average savings: $1813 (77.16%)

See SNA to SJD flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SNA to CUL? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeromexico, Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, SAS, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Culiacan International Airport to John Wayne-Orange County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 877 miles or 1411 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SNA to CUL?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SNA to CUL flight is about 2 hour 34 minutes.

How many flights go between Santa Ana, CA and Culiacan?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 9 available flights from SNA to CUL.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSNA
Origination airport nameJohn Wayne-Orange County Airport
CitySanta Ana, CA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeCUL
Destination airport nameCuliacan International Airport


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