How long does it really take to fly from Sacramento to Columbus? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Columbus, 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.
Wednesday, 5:02 pm: start in Sacramento
drive for about 28 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 6:25 pm at the latest
5:30 pm: Sacramento International (SMF)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 6:55 pm
6:00 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
7:00 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
7:30 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
7:45 pm: board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
7:55 pm: this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 13 minutes
8:08 pm: so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 12 minutes to taxi to the runway
8:20 pm: wheels up! take-off from SMF
fly for about 58 minutes in the air
9:18 pm: Los Angeles International (LAX)
Los Angeles, CA is the same time as Sacramento, CA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 11 minutes to the gate
9:29 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
10:10 pm: get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 41 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run
10:25 pm: board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
10:35 pm: scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 16 minutes
10:51 pm: actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway
11:08 pm: wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 3.5 hours in the air
Thursday, 5:52 am (local time): Port Columbus International (CMH)
Columbus is 3 hours ahead of Sacramento
so the time in Sacramento is actually 2:52 am
you actually arrive the day after you left
taxi on the runway for an average of 8 minutes to the gate
6:00 am (local time): arrive at the gate at CMH
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 19 minutes to your destination
6:19 am (local time): arrive in Columbus
Now finally, let's look at an example flight from SMF to CMH and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.
So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Sacramento to Columbus including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.
Total travel time: 7 hours
How far is Columbus from Sacramento? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.
Flight distance: 2,050 miles or 3300 km
Flight time: 4 hours, 36 minutes
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 10 hours, 17 minutes.
Flying private is roughly 2.6x faster, and saves you about 6.5 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. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.
This is a fairly long flight, so unless you have a Gulfstream G650 or your own Boeing or Airbus, you might be booking 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.
Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from SMF to LAX, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from LAX to CMH, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:
Based on these statistical results, we chose Wednesday for the flight itinerary above.
The most common route is SMF to LAX, then connecting to CMH, 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:
We picked Southwest Airlines Co. for your main flight, and Delta Air Lines 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:
Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Columbus, Ohio. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Columbus. A great place to eat might be Late Night Slice. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Columbus like The Short North. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Columbus like What's the best neighborhood in Columbus for a first time visitor? Click the button below to explore Columbus in detail.
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 Columbus to Sacramento, 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 Sacramento to Columbus road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Sacramento to Columbus?
If you happen to know Sacramento, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Sacramento!