12 Things You May Not Know About Sacramento International Airport.  Photo courtesy of Sacramento International Airport.Getting there is half the fun, right?  Many lucky travelers have had a chance to experience the incredible new Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport.  But you may be surprised by the things you don’t know about traveling to and from Sacramento via SMF.  Here are some features, factoids and fun tips you should know about Sacramento International Airport.  


  1. You can fly nonstop to Sacramento from 29 cities throughout the U.S. and Mexico including New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver, Houston, Dallas and Guadalajara.
  2. Sacramento International Airport (SMF) has the best access to all of Northern California’s wine regions, from Napa to the Gold Country, with more than 200 wineries within a one-hour drive from the airport.  Check out Sacramento’s Regional Wine Guide website to plan your wine tour.
  3. There’s a whisper dome just past the security checkpoint in the Terminal A concourse.
  4. SMF is a tech-savvy traveler’s dream, with free WiFi and bunches of electrical and USB outlets in both terminals. In Terminal A, look for the laptop bars in the food court and special seating near the gates. Terminal B also offers laptop bars in the food court. Plus, every B gate features pod seating with individual electrical/USB outlets at each chair.  In fact, Sacramento International Airport was ranked as #5 most tech-friendly commercial airport in the country by PCWorld magazine.
  5. Both terminals feature an extensive and permanent public art collection, with pieces by local, regional and national artists. Brian Goggin’s giant suitcase sculpture “Samson” in Terminal A baggage claim is a popular spot for photos. In Terminal B, a 56’ long red rabbit called “Leap” is suspended from the ceiling. The rabbit, designed by Lawrence Argent, is diving into a giant granite suitcase on the baggage claim floor.
  6. Did you know what was under the suitcase?  Check out #6.    Photo courtesy of Sacramento International Airport.Lawrence Argent buried a signed copy of his “I See What You Mean” blue bear sculpture under the “Leap” sculpture’s granite suitcase.
  7. The least expensive transportation at the airport is the public Yolo Bus. It takes you from the airport to downtown Sacramento once an hour for only $2.00.  You can be let off steps from downtown Sacramento hotels and attractions.
  8. All rental cars at SMF are located in a separate rental car terminal, which is a short shuttle ride from the airline terminals.
  9. The Automated People Mover takes less than a minute to travel from the B concourse to the check-in/baggage claim in Terminal B.
  10. SMF features award-winning concessions in both Terminals. Airport Revenue News honored SMF with the Best Airport Concessions Program design award for medium airports in 2012 and the Best Customer Service award for medium airports in 2011.
  11. Terminal B is the first airport terminal to achieve LEED® Silver status in two new buildings constructed at the same time from the U.S. Green Building Council and is the largest airport terminal in the U.S. to achieve LEED Silver certification.
  12. In July 2012, Travel and Leisure Magazine named Terminal B as one of the “coolest new airport terminals.”

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