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Sacramento International Airport - SMF / KSMF
Sacramento County, California

N.B. There is a discussion and preview thread about SMF Terminal B here.

GOING TO SMF

DRIVING TO SMF VIA PRIVATE / RENTED VEHICLE

SMF is 10 miles northwest of Sacramento immediately north of Interstate 5 (connects San Diego to Seattle). (Note: there is an on-airport gasoline / petrol station for those renting from SMF.)

From San Francisco or Lake Tahoe, use I-80 to I-5 northbound (Woodland and Seattle). From Stockton use I-5 (or US 99 connecting to I-5 via I-80 westbound) northbound. From I-5 north the airport is 10 miles "southbound" (east) of Woodland. The airport is 0.5 miles north of the Interstate 5 on Airport Boulevard.

For GPS, use the address 6900 Airport Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95837

SMF / KSMF / Sacramento International Airport website: link

Exiting north from I-5, proceed according to the map:

GETTING TO AND FROM TERMINAL "A"

Follow signage and keep to Airport Boulevard East - a one way multi-lane road running counterclockwise will take you to an area you can stop and drop off or pick up passengers. Parking or stopping for any length of time to wait is prohibited; the Sheriffs are quite quick to get you to move on. A free cellular / mobile phone lot at the airport entry, west side, is the best place to stop to wait for arriving passengers to call drivers.


GETTING TO AND FROM TERMINAL "B"

Folow signage and keep to Airport Boulevard West - the new terminal includes a two level roadway, running clockwise. The upper level is for departures and the lower level serves arriving passengers and baggage claim. Passengers departing or arriving on Southwest will find it easiest to use the West side; those using all other airlines will find it easier using the East side.


GETTING AROUND SMF

Courtesy shuttle busses travel four routes: between terminals, to parking lots (daily and economy are separate) and to the rental car center. These are all accessible. One can walk or use a wheelchair between terminals, which are connected via the parking garage - but note that though the garage has a ceiling, it is not enclosed fully.


SECURITY at SMF / Sacramento International Airport

Currently, there are Priority lines at SMF - Terminal A; at Terminal B it is on your far left, separate from the non-priority queue entries. There are now TSA PreCheck queues at both SMF terminals (October 17 2013); the SMF website does offer indications of how long it is taking to transit security.

Terminal A has PreCheck,

Terminal B:
-Along the far left wall is the known crewmember checkpoint
-In the middle are two lines: PreCheck, which splits off to the left, and general boarding, which splits off to the right.
-Along the far right wall is the Premier/First Class/Business Select/etc line.

For international arrivals there are now Global Entry kiosks.


PARKING

Parking varies considerably, from the parking garage to "economy" lots; best thing for current information is to visit the SMF parking map and click on the appropriate garage / lot number for current rates.

"Cell phone lot" / waiting area: This area offers free parking for a short period of time for occupied vehicles whose occupants are waiting for passengers, who can call them when they arrive. This allows comfortable waiting within five minutes of any terminal, without causing congestion (and inviting a ticket from the officers patrolling the arrivals area, where waiting is not permitted).


TRANSPORTATION to/from SMF / Sacramento International Airport

TAXIS (SITOA airport authorized taxis at SMF) in Sacramento charge
  • $3 flag drop, $2.50 for each additional mile
  • Rate to wait is $25 per hour
  • One way SMF to Sacramento downtown is $33.00
  • Round-trip between SMF and downtown Sacramento is $66.00
  • Waiting is charged at $25 hourly
  • Seniors and military personnel are eligible for a 20% discount
  • Uber is $20 SMF - downtown
  • SMF - Roseville approx. $80
  • See SMF TaxiFareFinder for more fares


To / from the Arden area, 12 miles, approximately:
  • Bus Service 17.00 USD
  • Limousine 75.00 USD
  • SuperShuttle (Executive Premier Limo Inc.)
  • Rental Car 40.00 USD
  • Taxi 50.00 USD
    These prices are approximate.


From downtown, 10 miles, approximately:
  • YoloBus Bus Service $2.00 USD
  • Limousine 85.00 USD
  • SuperShuttle (Executive Premier Limo Inc.)
  • Taxi 35.00 USD
  • Uber, $20.00 USD


SHUTTLE SERVICE

SuperShuttle serves Sacramento International Airport via Executive Premier Limo Inc. The options offered are non-stop shuttle vans, not shared rides, and black car service.

BUS

Sacramento, Davis and Woodland, Yolo County

Yolo County Transportation District's Yolobus offers two routes, 42A (clockwise) and 42B (counterclockwise) that connect SMF to Sacramento, Davis and Woodland (clockwise) and the reverse. Service is approximately hourly beginning at 5:24 AM and ending at 10:22 PM at SMF. PDF schedules etc. here, and fares and passes information is here.

These also offer the option of connecting with AMTRAK's California Capitol services to the SF Bay area at the Davis or Sacramento AMTRAK stations. Check here and here for California Capitol schedules, ticket prices, etc.

Sacramento Regional Transit District serves Sacramento International Airport as of January, 2020 via SacRTs Airport Express Bus, Route 142, offering direct service between downtown Sacramento and Terminals A and B. Route 142 operates every 60 minutes, seven days a week. The current operating hours are between 5:15am (first downtown departure) and 10:33pm (last airport departure). They hope to restore the service to every 30 minutes on August 28, 2022. The fare is $2.50 for a single ride, $1.25 for discounted eligible riders and free for students in grades TK through 12.


RENTAL CARS and FUEL

All rental car companies at Sacramento International Airport are located at the central rental car terminal. Take the Rental Car Terminal Shuttle busses for acccess to all on-airport rental car agencies listed:

Rental Car Agencies
  • Advance Rent A Car ** (916) 442-1362
  • Alamo (800) 327-9633
  • Avis (916) 922-5601
  • Budget (800) 763-2999
  • Dollar (800) 800-4000
  • Enterprise (800) 736-8227
  • Hertz (800) 654-3131
  • National (800) 227-7366
  • Payless Car Rental ** (800) 729-5377


* *Off airport fleet

Gasoline Station

There is an ARCO station near the entrance to the airport, #22 on the map, to top up your rental vehicle.


AIRPORT LOUNGES AT SMF

Each terminal has an Escape Lounge, accessible by membership, $43.10 per person fee or American Express Platinum Card members (who may guest in up to two others)


LODGING NEAR SMF

The Host Airport Hotel at Sacramento International Airport (across from the old Terminal B complex) closed July 31, 2008, to make way for the new Terminal B construction. A new 135 room Hyatt Place was to be built adjacent to the parking garage, but that may not happen. In the meantime:

Several hotels do provide complimentary shuttle services to / from SMF airport.

Hotels providing shuttle services include
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites 10 miles
  • Four Points by Sheraton 8 miles
  • Hampton Inn 7 miles (N. Natomas)
  • Hampton Inn - Woodland 10 miles
  • Holiday Inn Express 7 miles (N. Natomas)
  • Hilton Garden Inn S. Natomas 11 miles (my go-to hotel, free overnight and ~up to 10 days parking, free hourly airport shuttle)
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton - 7 miles (N. Natomas)
  • La Quinta Inn 11 miles
  • Quality Inn Natomas 12 miles
  • Ramada Limited 11 miles
  • Vagabond Executive 12 miles



OTHER AIRPORT SERVICES

Lost and Found"The Sacramento County Sheriffs Department, Airport Division manages the lost and found program at Sacramento International Airport. Please visit the Lost & Found Web page to report your lost item. Please call (916) 874.0701 and leave a detailed message concerning your lost object. The Sheriffs frequently listen to these messages and will return your call if they have the object. If the item has been lost on board an aircraft, please contact your airline directly."

Paging "Paging is managed by the Sacramento International Airport Communications Center. Please call (916) 929.5411 and press the appropriate prompt key to reach the operator."

WiFi / Wireless Internet - FlySacramento is the net name you should use. You will be required to watch a brief advert for free WiFi."Sacramento International Airport has free wireless Internet (WiFi) service throughout the indoor, public areas of the airport. SMFs Wi-Fi network has 4 T1 connection, which provides users with speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps. The Wi-Fi 802.11b/g technology allows for speeds up to 54 Mbps, but throughput is governed by the speed at which the device is connected."

Contact Information:

Sacramento International Airport
6900 Airport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95837
(916) 929.5411
air-market <at> saccounty.net

Pilot Information link

Airport FAQ link

Typical Nonstop Destinations from SMF will change) (Use SMF Flight Search for more information)Atlanta, GA
Baltimore, MD
Boise, ID
Burbank, CA
Charlotte, NC
Chicago (Midway), IL
Chicago (OHare), IL
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Guadalajara, Mexico
Honolulu, HI
Houston (Intercontinental), TX
Las Vegas, NV
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Los Cabos, Mexico (2017)
Maui (Kahului), HI
Mexico City, Mexico
Minneapolis, MN
New York (JFK), NY
Ontario, CA
Orange County, CA
Phoenix, AZ
Portland, OR
Salt Lake City, UT
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
Washington, D.C.

Please use SMF Flight Search to find nonstop and direct flights to your destination or return.


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Old Oct 18, 13, 8:17 pm
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Thanks for adding this valuable information. We have added it to the SMF thread. (BTW, was this Terminal A or B?)

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Originally Posted by Albritton43 View Post
Precheck was open this morning at SMF although there were no signs at the security checkpoint declaring it's availability. The TSA agent checking the boarding passes sent me to a separate line.

Ironically, the computer randomly selected me for a free hand swipe which allowed others who did not have Precheck to get through the process before I did.
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Old Sep 20, 14, 11:34 pm
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Out of Hours Car Rental Return

I have a flight out of SMF at 6am and Alamo does not open until 5.45am.
I understand that they have a drop box but will there be shuttles running from the car rental centre at 5am?
Thanks
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Old Sep 22, 14, 5:14 pm
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Originally Posted by 3544quebec View Post
I have a flight out of SMF at 6am and Alamo does not open until 5.45am.
I understand that they have a drop box but will there be shuttles running from the car rental centre at 5am?
Thanks
They should be. The airport website indicates that "peak time" is 4-10am. I've been there at pretty odd hours and have never not seen them.

http://www.sacramento.aero/smf/to_and_from/rental_car
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JDiver... Might want to change post 4 to say that CPK is gone from Terminal A. It's a different pizza place and I can't remember the name. IMO it's better than CPK
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JDiver... Might want to change post 4 to say that CPK is gone from Terminal A. It's a different pizza place and I can't remember the name. IMO it's better than CPK
I think it is "Mia" Pizza.
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Old Sep 22, 14, 5:55 pm
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Originally Posted by abaheti View Post
I think it is "Mia" Pizza.
Yeah, that sounds familiar. Actually a lot of the restaurants in terminal A are different now that all the airlines have realigned.
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Mia Mozzarella, for the moment. The airport authority has let new contracts for food and beverage services in Terminal A (doesn't have anything to do with airlines realignment), so it's in a state of flux. I've indicated that above now. Thanks for the poke (I've been gone and Internet-less for nearly a month).

Travelers to Terminal A at Sacramento International Airport will notice changes in food and beverage options beginning Friday, August 1. SSP America is replacing existing restaurants with temporary vendors while they remodel the food court in anticipation of six new restaurants arriving in 2015. From Sacramento County:

On the first level of Terminal A, Jet Box will offer grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and coffee. Located post-security on the concourse will be True Burger, Mia Mozzarella, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, the Sacramento Sports Bar, Jet Box, and Rebar restaurant and bar

SSP America is spending $3 million to build new storefronts and buy equipment for food and beverage concessions in Terminal A. By late spring 2015, local favorites such as Paesanos, Squeeze Inn and another only-in-Sacramento restaurant will join SSP America brands Freshii and Urban Crave in Terminal A.

Wine lounge Vino Volo and the retail shops Travel Mart, In Motion, Capitol Marketplace, Details, and Forever Silver are not impacted by construction and will remain open.

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Originally Posted by Lost View Post
They should be. The airport website indicates that "peak time" is 4-10am. I've been there at pretty odd hours and have never not seen them.

http://www.sacramento.aero/smf/to_and_from/rental_car
Thanks - if not, it doesn't look like a long walk.
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Old Sep 24, 14, 10:41 am
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Thanks - if not, it doesn't look like a long walk.
Rental cars to Terminal A (the east terminal) is about a 15 minute walk. Rental cars to Terminal B (the west terminal) would be about a 25 minute walk. But when I'm waiting for the Yolobus (city bus) I usually see a rental car shuttle every 5 minutes. It may be more like every 10 minutes that early in the morning, but you should plan on using the shuttle.

Be aware that if you do decide to walk most of the roads do not have sidewalks and really aren't suitable for pedestrians. If you're going to terminal B you'll need to walk via terminal A. I think Aviation Dr (goes from the east side of the rental car lot to terminal A) has a sidewalk. I know it does close to the terminal.

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Originally Posted by Lost View Post
Rental cars to Terminal A (the east terminal) is about a 15 minute walk. Rental cars to Terminal B (the west terminal) would be about a 25 minute walk. But when I'm waiting for the Yolobus (city bus) I usually see a rental car shuttle every 5 minutes. It may be more like every 10 minutes that early in the morning, but you should plan on using the shuttle.

Be aware that if you do decide to walk most of the roads do not have sidewalks and really aren't suitable for pedestrians. If you're going to terminal B you'll need to walk via terminal A. I think Aviation Dr (goes from the east side of the rental car lot to terminal A) has a sidewalk. I know it does close to the terminal.
Thanks for the details although taking directions from someone who is Lost may be fraught with danger
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Originally Posted by 3544quebec View Post
Thanks for the details although taking directions from someone who is Lost may be fraught with danger
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Old Sep 25, 14, 11:54 am
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Originally Posted by 3544quebec View Post
Thanks for the details although taking directions from someone who is Lost may be fraught with danger
The map in the first post shows the location (yellow "D" shaped area with square building in mid-lower left). Easier walk from terminal A than B. It's nearly across from the Remote parking - not sure of the nomenclature of the remote lot, but it is the south easternmost lot.

Good luck; I do think the shuttle will be running.
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Beware - Dollar not located at Airport. 2 bus trip.

A most unpleasant surprise on a rainy night- a whole secondary location for Dollar. (and I think Thrifty)

One must take a second bus to the Dollar "terminal" it is several miles offsite from the main rental car location next to some retail outlets.
It seems there was one bus.

Of course this means more time will be needed when returning to the airport for a few reasons

1. The Dollar shuttle will NOT take you to the terminals upon return - but will return you to the rental car location by the airport it picked you up at - requiring you to get on another bus to get back to the terminal. (this means even more time)

2. Having one shuttle is less than optimal- and the staffing was light with the bus driver working check ins as well.

Basically one shuttle has to ferry every dollar client compared to multiple airport shuttles creates a tense morning situation whereby you are sitting on a near full bus for 10-15 min- while people are pulling in and trying to get through checkin procedure quickly so they don't miss the lone shuttle and wait another 20-30 minutes for it to come back, then wait again before it leaves.


I'm sure this is probably marked SOMEWHERE when I as making reservations but I didn't see it.


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They put it way down by Arco Arena??? Maybe by calling it an "airport" location they meant the former Natomas Airport.

http://www.dollar.com/Locations/GEN/...locationId=SMF

http://www.yelp.com/biz/dollar-rent-a-car-sacramento-7 Looks like you're not the only one who's pissed
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A most unpleasant surprise on a rainy night- a whole secondary location for Dollar. (and I think Thrifty)

One must take a second bus to the Dollar "terminal" it is several miles offsite from the main rental car location next to some retail outlets.
It seems there was one bus.

Of course this means more time will be needed when returning to the airport for a few reasons

1. The Dollar shuttle will NOT take you to the terminals upon return - but will return you to the rental car location by the airport it picked you up at - requiring you to get on another bus to get back to the terminal. (this means even more time)

2. Having one shuttle is less than optimal- and the staffing was light with the bus driver working check ins as well.

Basically one shuttle has to ferry every dollar client compared to multiple airport shuttles creates a tense morning situation whereby you are sitting on a near full bus for 10-15 min- while people are pulling in and trying to get through checkin procedure quickly so they don't miss the lone shuttle and wait another 20-30 minutes for it to come back, then wait again before it leaves.


I'm sure this is probably marked SOMEWHERE when I as making reservations but I didn't see it.


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Old Dec 31, 14, 11:26 pm
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Uncle Dave, thanks for sharing this rather nasty news. SMF hasn't done anyone a favor by adding this additional level of bus use.

Lost, that's a wry, but accurate, perception!
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