Flights from San Diego (SAN) to Sacramento (SMF)

Make your way inland from America’s Finest City to California’s Farm-to-Fork Capital! Southwest Airlines® has flights from San Diego International Airport to Sacramento International Airport that make booking your next trip a breeze. Search for flights to Sacramento with Southwest® and book with confidence today. If your upcoming travel dates are flexible, look for flights using our Low Fare Calendar and find the lowest fares we have to offer. Take a few minutes to explore Southwest Vacations® to find package deals on flights, hotels, rental cars, and more.

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Flight details

Average flight time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Departing from: San Diego International Airport (SAN)

Arriving at: Sacramento International Airport (SMF)


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*Based on DOT published scheduled average flights Monday-Friday between 12/11/2020 and 2/28/2021, as of 12/11/2020.

Explore Sacramento.

After landing in Sacramento, the city center with all of its farmers markets, rich cultural history, and captivating street art is an easy drive from the airport, so you won’t have to waste a single second before diving into the action! Start off your city tour with Old Sacramento State Historic Park, an area developed during the Gold Rush in the late 1840s. Today, this business district from pioneer times has been preserved, so visitors can enjoy seeing historic landmarks like the Eagle Theater and the old school house, cobblestone streets, and covered plank sidewalks. If you’re interested in learning more about Sacramento’s history, check out the California State Railroad Museum to see restored locomotives and railroad cars.

When you’re ready for some art, head over to the Crocker Art Museum, which has been in continuous operation since a record-setting 1871. The building itself is an architectural sight to be seen, consisting of two stylistically disparate buildings—an airy contemporary wing and the original Italian-style museum. In the galleries, visitors can browse the large collection of ceramic pieces, as well as Asian, African, and European art.

When you’re ready for lunch, head to the trendy Handle District for dining and shopping. If nature is more your speed, Sacramento has plenty of that to offer, too! Spend some time at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center located on the banks of the American River. If you’re visiting in the autumn, keep an eye out for salmon that have returned to spawn. Then, grab some wheels and bike down the American River Bike Trail, which has two paved lanes for a smooth ride between Discovery Park in Old Sacramento and Beal’s Point.

Travel tips


Infancy policy

One child over 14 days and under two (2) years of age, not occupying a seat, may be carried free of charge when traveling with an adult (12 years of age or older). Learn more.


Pet policy

Customers flying with a pet are subject to a pet fare. To learn more about traveling with your furry friend, explore the Southwest® pet policy.


Unaccompanied minor

Minors under the age of 18 are not permitted to fly unaccompanied on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight. Learn more.


Bags fly free®1

Start packing! Every ticketed Customer’s first two checked bags are free. Learn more.


The Southwest travel experience

We know that making a memorable trip from San Diego International Airport to Sacramento International Airport requires more than finding cheap fares. That’s why we offer perks and services, from booking to boarding, to help make your travel experience as smooth as possible. Find out more about the Southwest® Experience before you book your San Diego to Sacramento flight.

No matter which of our destinations you choose, flying with Southwest is simple and fun. And you can book your next flight to Sacramento with confidence, knowing that you won’t be hassled by hidden fees—we offer low fares and, as always, bags fly free. That’s our Transfarency® promise. Subscribe to our Click 'N Save® emails and stay in the know about our latest flight deals. Interested in finding tours, activities, and more hidden gems? Check out Southwest Airlines® Experiences and earn Rapid Rewards® points when you fly.

1First and second checked bags. Weight and size limits apply.

2Fare difference may apply.

Questions we hear the most

How long is the flight from San Diego to Sacramento?

The average flight time from San Diego to Sacramento is 1 hour 40 minutes.

How many Southwest flights from San Diego to Sacramento occur daily?

There are 12 flights daily from San Diego to Sacramento on Southwest Airlines.

Does Southwest fly nonstop from San Diego to Sacramento?

Southwest flies nonstop from San Diego to Sacramento 3 times daily.

What day is it cheapest to fly from San Diego to Sacramento?

To find the cheapest day and time to fly San Diego to Sacramento with Southwest, check out our Low Fare Calendar.

Can I rent a car at Sacramento International Airport?

You can rent a car at Sacramento International Airport—book yours with your flight.

Can I change my flight reservation for my flight from San Diego to Sacramento?

Yes! Flights from San Diego to Sacramento—or from here or there to anywhere—can be changed with no change fees. Fare difference may apply.

Where can I find the status of my flight from San Diego to Sacramento?

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Where can I find answers to other questions about flying from San Diego to Sacramento with Southwest?

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