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All you need to know about Sacramento International Airport

We’re here to make your flying process plane and simple.

Sculpture of a red rabbit titled "Leap" by Lawrence Argent in Sacramento International Airport's Terminal B

The obligatory sculpture photo to let everyone know you’ve landed in Sac.

Photo by SACtoday Staff

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Traveling via plane is fun — jetsetting over beautiful blue waters or rolling hills, taking in cloud formations, and landing in a completely different location in a matter of hours is unlike anything else.

The whole navigating the airport part? Less exciting, and sometimes pretty stressful. To help make your time at Sacramento International Airport — or SMF — as smooth as possible, we’ve created a guide that covers everything from gates and parking to details on the airport’s 41 nonstop flights.

What to know

  • Map it out | If you’re like us and need to completely visualize a place before you step foot inside, these maps of the entire airport will be your saving grace.
  • Food and drink | We’ve curated a list of the 20+ dining options available at SMF for hungry travelers from coffee kiosks to burgers — with some changes on the horizon.
  • Reminder | Starting May 7, 2025, you need a REAL ID to board commercial flights in the US.
  • Flight status | While we recommend staying updated via your respective airline, you can also check the airport’s dashboard for your flight status in a pinch.

Current airport updates

Sacramento International Airport is set to undergo a massive renovation known as SMForward. Beginning Summer 2024, the $1.3 billion project will add new walkways, terminal expansions, additional parking, and more.

Parking, shuttles, and rideshare

Not everyone has a bestie who will drop everything to pick them up from their 3 a.m. arrival. Each lot offers 30 minutes of parking for $2. Beyond that, the price per day is as listed:

  • Hourly lot | $29/day
  • Daily lot | $12/day
  • Economy lot | $10/day
  • Parking garage | $18/day

If you don’t mind parking farther away from the terminals, there’s also the Free Waiting Area. Located near the I-5 entrance, it offers up to three hours of parking and EV charging stations.

Hate the thought of driving yourself? Try out a shuttle, rideshare, or taxi service that will take you to and from the terminal. These services are suggested by the airport:

  • SacRT | Bus service | SMF to Downtown every 30 minutes, 7 days/week
  • Sacramento Independent Taxi Owners Association | Taxi service | Round trip from SMF to Downtown for $60
  • Yolobus | Bus service | Service to Davis, Woodland, and more
  • Uber | Rideshare service
  • Lyft | Rideshare service

The rideshare pick-up and drop-off location for Terminal A is located at the West Curb of Airport Blvd. East, and the pick-up and drop-off location for Terminal B is at Lindbergh Dr.

Two sculptures made out of varying sizes and colors of luggage tower over the baggage claim belts in Sacramento International Aiport. The left side of the room features sliding glass doors for passenger pickup and waiting areas.

Don’t worry, your bag won’t be added to the sculpture if you forget it.

Photo by SACtoday staff

Nonstop flights

SMF offers 41 nonstop flights — 36 domestic that go to five US regions, plus five international flights to two countries. Here are five nearby nonstop flights for a quick vacay.

Pro tip: Remember that flight times and schedules will often change you should rely on your respective airline for exact timing and to stay updated on any changes.

  • Los Angeles | American, Delta, Southwest, United
  • San Diego | Alaska, Southwest
  • Palm Springs | Southwest
  • Portland, OR | Alaska, Southwest
  • Seattle, WA | Alaska, Southwest, Delta

Food and drink

Sacramento International Airport is a hub of eateries with 20+ restaurants, bars, and coffee shops for fliers to dine before or between flights, like:

  • Iron Horse Tavern | Terminal A | Casual American eats with a wide range of drink options.
  • Squeeze Burger | Terminal A | Indulge in a cheese-skirted burger before taking off for your destination.
  • Burgers & Brew | Terminal B | The name itself should tell you everything to know — beer + beef are king here.
  • Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters | Terminal B | One of Zagat’s top 11 restaurants in Sacramento, the coffee shop brings its award-winning roasts to SMF.

Fly comfortably

While we may not be able to offer solutions for crying babies or mysterious in-flight meals, we do have some tricks up our sleeves for upping your comfort while flying. Browse some of our favorite travel essentials:

  • Lights Out Sleep Mask | This eye mask provides optimal comfort and aids restful sleep amidst changing environments and varying light conditions.
  • The AirFly Pro | Make sure you can always access in-flight entertainment (while avoiding the wired headphones airlines pass out) by using an AirFly. It plugs into your seat’s headphone jack and connects to your earbuds or headphones via Bluetooth.
  • Trtl travel pillow | The Trtl pillow is scientifically designed to provide a better head position when sleeping upright, thanks to an internal support system comfortably cushioned in cozy fleece.
  • Leather Dopp Kit | Keep your essentials organized and easily accessible, ensuring hassle-free journeys wherever you go.
  • Bose Noise Canceling Headphones | These headphones are tried-and-true traveling companions, beloved for their crisp sound and ability to block exterior noise.
  • Cozy Earth joggers | These Oprah-approved joggers are polished enough to navigate the airport in, but comfy and stretchy enough for long flights.
  • Snacks | Bringing your own snacks ensures dietary preferences are met — plus, you’ll save time and money while traveling.
  • Anti-nausea wristbands | Some simple anti-nausea wristbands might relieve a nervous stomach or sensitivity to turbulence while flying.
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