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Travel time from Sacramento to Leland

Sacramento to Leland airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Sacramento to Leland? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Leland, 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, 10:04 am:  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 11:27 am at the latest

10:32 am:  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 11:57 am

11:02 am:  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

12:02 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

12:32 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

12:47 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

12:57 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 13 minutes

1:10 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

1:26 pm:  wheels up! take-off from SMF
fly for about 4 hours in the air

8:13 pm (local time):  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is 3 hours ahead of Sacramento, CA
so the time in Sacramento is actually 5:13 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 9 minutes to the gate

8:22 pm (local time):  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

9:39 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 77 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

9:54 pm (local time):  board ExpressJet Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:04 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 9 minutes

10:13 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:30 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 54 minutes in the air

11:24 pm (local time):  Wilmington International (ILM)
Leland is 3 hours ahead of Sacramento
so the time in Sacramento is actually 8:24 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 3 minutes to the gate

11:27 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at ILM
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 24 minutes to your destination

11:51 pm (local time):  arrive in Leland

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from SMF to ILM 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 Leland 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: 8 hours

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Flying non-stop from Sacramento to Leland

How far is Leland 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: 2,418 miles or 3892 km

Flight time: 5 hours, 20 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, 48 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 2.2x faster, and saves you about 6 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.

Best day of the week to fly to Leland

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from SMF to ATL, and connecting flights on ExpressJet Airlines Inc. from ATL to ILM, 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 Sacramento to Leland

The most common route is SMF to ATL, then connecting to ILM, 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. SMF to ATL to ILM
    Sacramento International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Wilmington International
  2. SMF to CLT to ILM
    Sacramento International to Charlotte Douglas International to Wilmington International

Airlines that fly to Leland

We picked Delta Air Lines Inc. for your main flight, and ExpressJet 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. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  2. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)
  3. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)

Plan a trip to Leland

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Leland, North Carolina. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Leland. A great place to eat might be Wrightsville Beach. Click the button below to explore Leland 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 Leland 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 Leland road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Sacramento to Leland?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 2,418 miles
flight time of 5 hours, 20 minutes
Leland is 3 hours ahead of Sacramento
58 Sacramento travel answers

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