airplanejoeraedie104485337 Sacramento International Airport Guide

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Flying Out Of Sacramento International

It’s easy to find your way around the airport grounds. For the most part, parking lots and terminals are clearly marked. Arrive at the airport at least 1.5 hours early just to be on the safe. If you’re driving, watch your speed going in and out of the airport. Police closely monitor speeds near the airport, and will ticket for even for minor speeding infractions.

If possible, check in at the curb to avoid long lines.

Long-Term Parking

The airport offers plenty of long-term parking – about 14,000 in total. Due to the large size of the long-term lot, if you don’t write down your parking row, you could be searching for your vehicle for a long time. Missed the parking lot bus? Don’t worry; another one will be around in about 10-15 minutes. You can pay for parking with cash or with just about any major credit card.


Getting a taxi at the airport is easy. The taxi transportation area is located near the baggage claim at Terminal A, and another is located close to Terminal B. Taxis are on call. They charge $2.50 per mile plus $3 for the initial flag drop. Seniors and military are eligible for a 20% discount. The round-trip cost between the airport and downtown Sacramento is $56.

Van Service

SuperShuttle offers on-demand service to Yolo, El Dorado, Placer, San Joaquin, Yuba, Sutter, and Nevada Counties. They pick up close to Terminal A baggage claim and the center island curb at Terminal B. Phone: (800) 258-3826.


If you have a time to kill before your flight leaves, check out the art. The stained glass window above Terminal A is based on a painting by well-known Sacramento artist Gregory Kondos. Then head over to the Terminal A baggage claim and check the sculpture by artist Brian Goggin titled “Samson”, which is made of two 23-foot-tall stacks of old luggage – 1,400 pieces in total — that appear to hold up the ceiling.

Travel Deals

Lastly, if you’re on a budget, CBS13 and Good Day Sacramento can help. On Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Kurtis Ming features his Wednesday Travel Deals on air. You can also find them updated weekly on the links page. Also, TravelZoo offers Sacramento-only discounts on their “Seen On TV” page, which Gabe Saglie of TravelZoo talks about during Good Day Sacramento.


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