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Travel time from Bakersfield to Sacramento



Bakersfield to Sacramento airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Bakersfield to Sacramento? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Sacramento, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.


Thursday, 2:46 pm:  start in Bakersfield
drive for about 15 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 60 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 3:26 pm at the latest

3:01 pm:  Meadows Field (BFL)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 3:56 pm

3:16 pm:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

3:46 pm:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

4:01 pm:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

4:16 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:26 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:41 pm:  wheels up! take-off from BFL
fly for about 1 hour in the air

5:52 pm:  Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX)
Phoenix, AZ is the same time as Bakersfield, CA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

5:59 pm:  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

7:54 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 1 hour, 55 minutes

8:09 pm:  board American Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

8:19 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 10 minutes

8:29 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

8:47 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from SFO
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

10:28 pm (local time):  Sacramento International (SMF)
Sacramento is the same time as Bakersfield
taxi on the runway for an average of 10 minutes to the gate

10:38 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at SMF
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 28 minutes to your destination

11:07 pm (local time):  arrive in Sacramento

Total travel time: 8 hours




Flying non-stop from Bakersfield to Sacramento

How far is Sacramento from Bakersfield? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 260 miles or 419 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 1 minute

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 8 hours, 21 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 8.3x faster, and saves you about 7.5 hours in your total travel time.

Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.



Best day of the week to fly to Sacramento

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from BFL to PHX, and connecting flights on American Airlines Inc. from PHX to SMF, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Based on these statistical results, we chose Thursday for the flight itinerary above.




Alternate flights from Bakersfield to Sacramento

The most common route is BFL to PHX, then connecting to SMF, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:

  1. BFL to PHX to SMF
    Meadows Field to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Sacramento International
  2. BFL to DEN to SMF
    Meadows Field to Denver International to Sacramento International
  3. BFL to SFO to SMF
    Meadows Field to San Francisco International to Sacramento International
  4. BFL to IAH to SMF
    Meadows Field to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Sacramento International




Airlines that fly to Sacramento

We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and American Airlines Inc. for your connecting flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  2. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  3. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)




Plan a trip to Sacramento

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Sacramento, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Sacramento. A great place to eat might be Ella Dining Room & Bar. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Sacramento like California State Railroad Museum. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Sacramento like Things to do and see in Sacramento. Click the button below to explore Sacramento in detail.






What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Sacramento to Bakersfield, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a Bakersfield to Sacramento road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Bakersfield to Sacramento?

If you happen to know Bakersfield, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Bakersfield!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 260 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 1 minute
13 Bakersfield travel answers
37 Sacramento travel answers

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Sacramento Airports
  1. Sacramento International Airport
  2. Stockton Metropolitan Airport



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