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Average Price:
$242
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$164
or less (round trip)

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The cheapest flight from Sacramento Intl to San Diego was found 28 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
Morning departure is around 6% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
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FAQs for Booking Sacramento Intl to San Diego Flights

How long does a flight from Sacramento Intl to San Diego take?
An average nonstop flight takes 1h 25m, covering a distance of 480 miles.
How many flights are there between Sacramento Intl and San Diego?
There are 316 (nonstop) flights between Sacramento Intl and San Diego per week, averaging 50 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Sacramento Intl to San Diego?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Alaska Airlines ($117), Delta ($134) and United ($174).
Do I need a passport to fly between Sacramento Intl and San Diego?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between Sacramento Intl and San Diego?
Southwest (39 times daily), Alaska Airlines (5 times daily), Japan Airlines (1 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly Sacramento Intl to San Diego?
For Sacramento Intl to San Diego, Saturday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Friday is the most expensive. Flying from San Diego back to Sacramento Intl, the best deals are generally found on Wednesday, with Friday being the most expensive.

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Airports
Origin
Sacramento
$117
only
$117
Destination
San Diego
$117
only
$117
Sat, Jan 20
SMF
SAN
1h 35m
Mon, Jan 22
SAN
SMF
1h 45m
Trip: 3 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.8
Food
8.0
OGG
SAN
Excellent 8.0

Crew and boarding process

No international choice in entertainment and food

EWR
SEA
Excellent 9.0

Flight was good but my first flight was cancelled which gave me a 6 hour layover in Seattle.

6 hr delay and arrive at Newark at 7:30 am and have to fight traffic to get home

DFW
SEA
Good 6.3

I had a window priority seating, and without notifying me they change my seat to a middle seat and when I called to change it was pretty much told, no other seats available... Too bad.

OGG
SJC
Excellent 10.0

Efficient and competent. One of the better airlines out there.

SJC
GDL
Good 6.0

Stolen items from luggage

Sun, May 6
SMF
SAN
3h 30m
Wed, May 9
SAN
SMF
7h 32m
Trip: 4 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 14085 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.4
SJC
SEA
Okay 5.3

Crew was friendly and helpful

Our flight was delayed by almost 2 hours and caused me to miss my connecting flight. Next available flight was a 6 hour layover that I was not expecting.

BUF
DTW
Okay 4.0

No help with baggage when boarding the plane, they hurry you up for nothing, because we had to wait 20 mi utes to take off.

YUL
LGA
Excellent 10.0

I got upgraded to comfort + which was great. quick flight, was even early

LAX
SYD
Excellent 10.0

adjustable head rest is great - being given a pillow is great - the plane was not too cold to sleep either (as they often are)

ATL
BNA
Mediocre 2.0

They lost my bag.

Fri, Jan 12
SMF
SAN
3h 52m
Sun, Jan 14
SAN
SMF
4h 34m
Trip: 3 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 52122 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
NRT
ORD
Excellent 10.0

Staff are so nice

DEN
SFO
Excellent 8.3

After a 2 hour delay we boarded to free DirectTV. Thanks United!

Gate agent, grumpy. Some how she thought it was my fault they offered me a cheap ticket to purchase. Regardless of the price I, or anyone else pays, we should all be treated equally with dignity and professionalism.

DEN
CMH
Good 7.0

For the first time I did not fly on a puddle jumper. Not only was it a real jet, it had good seat comfort and leg room even in economy class. The crew was friendly and attentive. They came by with offerings of water at least 4 times for a 2+ hour flight. Contrast that with my last two 5 hour flights on Virgin and American where they came by with water — ONCE. WiFi wasn’t working for either flight and of course the lack of decent food is discouraging. The coffee has improved which is a plus. Overall, good job, United! Nice not to be jammed in like sardines for once.

WiFi wasn’t working and food selection is non existent. Other than that, a very pleasant flight overall.

SMF
IAH
Okay 5.0

Seats uncomfortable, crew rude to other passengers

SBA
DEN
Good 7.0

For the first time I did not fly on a puddle jumper. Not only was it a real jet, it had good seat comfort and leg room even in economy class. The crew was friendly and attentive. They came by with offerings of water at least 4 times for a 2+ hour flight. Contrast that with my last two 5 hour flights on Virgin and American where they came by with water — ONCE. WiFi wasn’t working for either flight and of course the lack of decent food is discouraging. The coffee has improved which is a plus. Overall, good job, United! Nice not to be jammed in like sardines for once.

Every time I fly to Denver, we land in one terminal and your connection is in another terminal that requires a train ride to get there. ,ayovers are short — generally barely an hour. If the flight is late you stand a very good chance of missing your connection, as I’m betting happened to over half the passengers on this flight. I was the lucky exception — this aircraft was actually the connecting flight too. Why can’t all United connections be in the same terminal? It makes no sense.

Sat, Dec 30
SMF
SAN
3h 46m
Tue, Jan 2
SAN
SMF
6h 05m
Trip: 4 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 25860 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
SWF
PHL
Excellent 10.0

great stable flight

my connecting flight left late

DCA
LGA
Okay 4.6

Good crew on board

Poor communication, continued delays of flight. Poor on ground staff at dca

IND
CLT
Good 6.8

I did like that "new plane" smell. Good pretzels.

Plane was too new; computer system hadn't been set right. Left 45 minutes late, though made up some lost time in the air. Very rude passengers (obviously not the airline's fault, I know). Everyone thinks they should be the first to get off the plane!

DCA
SDF
Good 6.0

Potable water was down so no coffee, tea, or more important... water to wash hands. Then they didn’t have my second choice of beverages after coffee either.

CLT
PWM
Okay 5.0

All the different prices for seats. I think it is a stupid system. Miss the good old days of air travel.

Sat, Dec 30
SMF
SAN
1h 25m
Wed, Jan 3
SAN
SMF
1h 43m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, Feb 22
SMF
SAN
1h 33m
Mon, Feb 26
SAN
SMF
1h 43m
Trip: 5 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.8
Food
8.0
SEA
ANC
Excellent 10.0

Staff was awesome

BWI
SEA
Excellent 10.0

Long time ago coming home from AK and getting a little box of pizza and then an ice cream bar.. cute

SJC
GDL
Good 6.0

Stolen items from luggage

LAX
SEA
Excellent 10.0

I didn’t know time or flight number but they found my reservation.

SEA
EWR
Okay 4.6

Friendly staff but

Unreclinable seat on a red eye flight is a torture. No attempt to move us on a diffferent seat when the flight wasn’t even full. Not the most mindful

Fri, Mar 30
SMF
SAN
1h 45m
Sat, Apr 7
SAN
SMF
1h 45m
Trip: 9 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.8
Food
8.0
EWR
SEA
Excellent 9.0

Flight was good but my first flight was cancelled which gave me a 6 hour layover in Seattle.

6 hr delay and arrive at Newark at 7:30 am and have to fight traffic to get home

BWI
SEA
Excellent 10.0

Long time ago coming home from AK and getting a little box of pizza and then an ice cream bar.. cute

SJC
GDL
Good 6.0

Stolen items from luggage

SEA
MCI
Excellent 8.0

They came and asked about a drink more than once. Someone noticed we needed deicing. I was able to watch a movie.

I was nervous when the deicing liquid refroze on the wings. Mostly gone by take off. Did not see anyone recheck before we started backing out.

SEA
EWR
Okay 4.6

Friendly staff but

Unreclinable seat on a red eye flight is a torture. No attempt to move us on a diffferent seat when the flight wasn’t even full. Not the most mindful

Thu, Apr 12
SMF
SAN
1h 45m
Sun, Apr 15
SAN
SMF
1h 45m
Trip: 4 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.8
Food
8.0
DFW
SEA
Good 6.3

I had a window priority seating, and without notifying me they change my seat to a middle seat and when I called to change it was pretty much told, no other seats available... Too bad.

BUR
SEA
Excellent 10.0

No strict baggage rules, free carry-on, free WiFi and entertainment. Efificient boarding.

Nothing I didn’t like.

ORD
SEA
Excellent 9.6

Comfort and quality of the airline is top notch, like its sister company Virgin.

A little hard to get onto the WiFi, but once on, it was fine. Hey ... it’s free so overall, still great

BWI
SEA
Excellent 10.0

Long time ago coming home from AK and getting a little box of pizza and then an ice cream bar.. cute

SEA
EWR
Okay 4.6

Friendly staff but

Unreclinable seat on a red eye flight is a torture. No attempt to move us on a diffferent seat when the flight wasn’t even full. Not the most mindful

Fri, Apr 13
SMF
SAN
1h 45m
Sun, Apr 15
SAN
SMF
1h 45m
Trip: 3 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.8
Food
8.0
OGG
SJC
Excellent 10.0

Efficient and competent. One of the better airlines out there.

SEA
MCI
Excellent 8.0

They came and asked about a drink more than once. Someone noticed we needed deicing. I was able to watch a movie.

I was nervous when the deicing liquid refroze on the wings. Mostly gone by take off. Did not see anyone recheck before we started backing out.

EWR
SEA
Excellent 9.0

Flight was good but my first flight was cancelled which gave me a 6 hour layover in Seattle.

6 hr delay and arrive at Newark at 7:30 am and have to fight traffic to get home

SJC
GDL
Good 6.0

Stolen items from luggage

LAX
SEA
Excellent 10.0

I didn’t know time or flight number but they found my reservation.

Fri, Feb 9
SMF
SAN
1h 35m
Sun, Feb 11
SAN
SMF
1h 43m
Trip: 3 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.8
Food
8.0
BUR
SEA
Excellent 10.0

No strict baggage rules, free carry-on, free WiFi and entertainment. Efificient boarding.

Nothing I didn’t like.

BWI
SEA
Excellent 10.0

Long time ago coming home from AK and getting a little box of pizza and then an ice cream bar.. cute

DFW
SEA
Good 6.3

I had a window priority seating, and without notifying me they change my seat to a middle seat and when I called to change it was pretty much told, no other seats available... Too bad.

LAX
SEA
Excellent 10.0

I didn’t know time or flight number but they found my reservation.

SEA
MCI
Excellent 8.0

They came and asked about a drink more than once. Someone noticed we needed deicing. I was able to watch a movie.

I was nervous when the deicing liquid refroze on the wings. Mostly gone by take off. Did not see anyone recheck before we started backing out.

Fri, Mar 23
SMF
SAN
1h 45m
Sun, Mar 25
SAN
SMF
1h 45m
Trip: 3 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.8
Food
8.0
LAX
SEA
Excellent 10.0

I didn’t know time or flight number but they found my reservation.

SEA
MCI
Excellent 8.0

They came and asked about a drink more than once. Someone noticed we needed deicing. I was able to watch a movie.

I was nervous when the deicing liquid refroze on the wings. Mostly gone by take off. Did not see anyone recheck before we started backing out.

ORD
SEA
Excellent 9.6

Comfort and quality of the airline is top notch, like its sister company Virgin.

A little hard to get onto the WiFi, but once on, it was fine. Hey ... it’s free so overall, still great

SJC
GDL
Good 6.0

Stolen items from luggage

BWI
SEA
Excellent 10.0

Long time ago coming home from AK and getting a little box of pizza and then an ice cream bar.. cute

Wed, Dec 20
SMF
SAN
1h 35m
Tue, Jan 9
SAN
SMF
1h 43m
Trip: 21 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 1 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.8
Food
8.0
EWR
SEA
Excellent 9.0

Flight was good but my first flight was cancelled which gave me a 6 hour layover in Seattle.

6 hr delay and arrive at Newark at 7:30 am and have to fight traffic to get home

BUR
SEA
Excellent 10.0

No strict baggage rules, free carry-on, free WiFi and entertainment. Efificient boarding.

Nothing I didn’t like.

SEA
EWR
Okay 4.6

Friendly staff but

Unreclinable seat on a red eye flight is a torture. No attempt to move us on a diffferent seat when the flight wasn’t even full. Not the most mindful

SEA
MCI
Excellent 8.0

They came and asked about a drink more than once. Someone noticed we needed deicing. I was able to watch a movie.

I was nervous when the deicing liquid refroze on the wings. Mostly gone by take off. Did not see anyone recheck before we started backing out.

ORD
SEA
Excellent 9.6

Comfort and quality of the airline is top notch, like its sister company Virgin.

A little hard to get onto the WiFi, but once on, it was fine. Hey ... it’s free so overall, still great

Fri, Jun 29
SMF
SAN
17h 14m
Sun, Jul 1
SAN
SMF
4h 50m
Trip: 3 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 52122 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
SBA
DEN
Good 7.0

For the first time I did not fly on a puddle jumper. Not only was it a real jet, it had good seat comfort and leg room even in economy class. The crew was friendly and attentive. They came by with offerings of water at least 4 times for a 2+ hour flight. Contrast that with my last two 5 hour flights on Virgin and American where they came by with water — ONCE. WiFi wasn’t working for either flight and of course the lack of decent food is discouraging. The coffee has improved which is a plus. Overall, good job, United! Nice not to be jammed in like sardines for once.

Every time I fly to Denver, we land in one terminal and your connection is in another terminal that requires a train ride to get there. ,ayovers are short — generally barely an hour. If the flight is late you stand a very good chance of missing your connection, as I’m betting happened to over half the passengers on this flight. I was the lucky exception — this aircraft was actually the connecting flight too. Why can’t all United connections be in the same terminal? It makes no sense.

DEN
CMH
Good 7.0

For the first time I did not fly on a puddle jumper. Not only was it a real jet, it had good seat comfort and leg room even in economy class. The crew was friendly and attentive. They came by with offerings of water at least 4 times for a 2+ hour flight. Contrast that with my last two 5 hour flights on Virgin and American where they came by with water — ONCE. WiFi wasn’t working for either flight and of course the lack of decent food is discouraging. The coffee has improved which is a plus. Overall, good job, United! Nice not to be jammed in like sardines for once.

WiFi wasn’t working and food selection is non existent. Other than that, a very pleasant flight overall.

NRT
ORD
Excellent 10.0

Staff are so nice

DEN
IAH
Okay 4.0

We got to our destination.

I am not a large person and yet I felt squeezed. There isn’t enough room to get out of one’s seat even when everyone in the aisle vacates.

IAH
CUN
Okay 5.0

Seats uncomfortable, crew rude to other passengers

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