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Travel time from Sacramento to Susanville



Sacramento to Susanville airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Sacramento to Susanville? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Susanville, 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, 9:43 am:  start in Sacramento
drive for about 27 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 11:05 am at the latest

10:10 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 11:35 am

10:40 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

11:40 am:  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

12:10 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

12:25 pm:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

12:35 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 14 minutes

12:49 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 14 minutes to taxi to the runway

1:03 pm:  wheels up! take-off from SMF
fly for about 1 hour in the air

2:03 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

2:14 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

3:02 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 48 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

3:17 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

3:27 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 12 minutes

3:39 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 21 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:00 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from SFO
fly for about 1 hour in the air

5:02 pm (local time):  Reno/Tahoe International (RNO)
Susanville is the same time as Sacramento
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

5:07 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at RNO
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 4 hours to your destination

9:04 pm (local time):  arrive in Susanville

Total travel time: 11 hours




Flying non-stop from Sacramento to Susanville

How far is Susanville 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: 134 miles or 216 km

Flight time: 30 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 11 hours, 21 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 14x faster, and saves you about 10.5 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 Susanville

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from SMF to LAX, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from LAX to RNO, 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 Wednesday for the flight itinerary above.




Alternate flights from Sacramento to Susanville

The most common route is SMF to LAX, then connecting to RNO, 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 LAX to RNO
    Sacramento International to Los Angeles International to Reno/Tahoe International
  2. SMF to LAS to RNO
    Sacramento International to McCarran International to Reno/Tahoe International
  3. SMF to PHX to RNO
    Sacramento International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Reno/Tahoe International
  4. SMF to SAN to RNO
    Sacramento International to San Diego International to Reno/Tahoe International
  5. SMF to DEN to RNO
    Sacramento International to Denver International to Reno/Tahoe International
  6. SMF to SFO to RNO
    Sacramento International to San Francisco International to Reno/Tahoe International
  7. SMF to SLC to RNO
    Sacramento International to Salt Lake City International to Reno/Tahoe International
  8. SMF to DFW to RNO
    Sacramento International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Reno/Tahoe International
  9. SMF to ORD to RNO
    Sacramento International to Chicago O'Hare International to Reno/Tahoe International
  10. SMF to LGB to RNO
    Sacramento International to Long Beach Airport to Reno/Tahoe International
  11. SMF to IAH to RNO
    Sacramento International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Reno/Tahoe International
  12. SMF to ATL to RNO
    Sacramento International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Reno/Tahoe International
  13. SMF to JFK to RNO
    Sacramento International to John F. Kennedy International to Reno/Tahoe International
  14. SMF to MDW to RNO
    Sacramento International to Chicago Midway International to Reno/Tahoe International
  15. SMF to DAL to RNO
    Sacramento International to Dallas Love Field to Reno/Tahoe International
  16. SMF to MSP to RNO
    Sacramento International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Reno/Tahoe International




Airlines that fly to Susanville

We picked Southwest Airlines Co. for your main flight, and SkyWest 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. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  2. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  3. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  4. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)




Plan a trip to Susanville

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Susanville, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Susanville. Click the button below to explore Susanville 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 Susanville 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 Susanville road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Sacramento to Susanville?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 134 miles
flight time of 30 minutes
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Susanville Airports
  1. Reno-Tahoe International Airport
  2. Chico Municipal Airport
  3. Redding Municipal Airport



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