Airport Guide to Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

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Airport Name
Sacramento International Airport

Airport Location
The airport is located 12 miles north of Sacramento.



(503) 460-4234

Airport Overview

Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is 10 miles from Sacramento, California. Southwest Airlines accounts for more than half the flights at Sacramento International; the low-cost pioneer carries about 4.6 million passengers each year. Flights to Sacramento International come in from destinations across the US such as Denver, Charlotte, Phoenix, San Francisco, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, San Jose, Houston and Washington, as well as Guadalajara in Mexico.

This small, easy-to-use airport can nonetheless get overcrowded at peak times, so head for the check-in counters early as most shops, restaurants and other facilities are after security.

Sacramento is the state capital of California, founded at the confluence of two rivers, and has a long and interesting settler history. Be sure to check out the many museums during your stay.

Terminal Transfer

There are two terminals – Terminal A and Terminal B. There’s a free 24-hour shuttle bus that operates between them and the car parks every 20 minutes or so, depending on congestion and the time of day.

Getting into Town

Bus: The Yolobus No. 42 connects the airport to downtown Sacramento every hour. The trip takes about 25 minutes.

Taxi: Taxis are available in the ground transportation area adjacent to baggage claim in Terminal A, and near the food court in Terminal B.

Car Parking

There’s a multi-storey across the road from Terminal A with both hourly and daily options. Terminal B is an open-air lot directly in front of the terminal.

Information Desks

There’s a 24-hour Communications Center in the terminal building.

Airport Facilities

Money and communications: There are some ATMs, but no currency exchange facilities.

Luggage: There are no left-luggage facilities for security reasons. For lost-luggage queries, contact the airline concerned. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office handles all lost-and-found queries for items mislaid in the terminals.

Conference and business: There are no public meeting rooms or conference facilities, although the on-site Sacramento International Jet Center, for general aviation, has well-equipped facilities with flat screens, speaker phones and so on. You’ll need to contact them directly for reservations.

Other facilities: Shoeshine, massage parlor, pet-relief areas, children’s play area, quiet room (Terminal A), and handicapped facilities.

Wi-Fi: There is free Wi-Fi throughout the airport. The network is called “FlySacramento”.

Shopping: There are just a few newsagents and travel stores before security in both terminals and after security in Terminal B. If you’re after a shopping spree, Terminal A is your best bet, although the selection is a fairly uninspired range of bookstores, newsagents, a jewelry store and gift shops.

Food and drink: Hungry? There are plenty of eateries in both terminals, although they’re mostly after security. In Terminal A, there’s just a Starbucks and a Cinnabon before security, but afterwards you have your pick of Home Turf Bar & Grill, Lemon Grass, Burger King, La Salsa, Quizno’s and California Pizza Kitchen, among others. Terminal B has a better pre-security selection with coffee shops and a pub, but the after-security area offers just a couple of Starbucks, the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, and the Pyramid Alehouse.

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Airport Guide to Sacramento International Airport (SMF) was last modified: January 27th, 2017 by Ryan Clare
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