How Long is That Flight?

FareCompare readers are savvy travelers. You know how to find the cheapest airline tickets, and how to get from Point A to Point B with the least amount of hassle. But have you ever wondered how much time you actually spend in the air when you're flying from one city to another?

Obviously, time in the air varies according to the type of aircraft, flight speed, density of air traffic, and weather conditions. This chart lists the 50 most-traveled routes in the U.S., along with how long you actually spend in the air. Calculations are based on a typical commercial airliner going 500 mph, using mileage calculated with a great circle distance formula.

Route Popularity RankingFromToHow Long is the Flight?
1Miami (MIA)New York (JFK, LGA)2 hours, 11 minutes
2Los Angeles (LAX)San Francisco (SFO)0 hours, 42 minutes
3Atlanta (ATL)Miami (MIA)1 hour, 13 minutes
4Chicago (ORD)New York (JFK, LGA)1 hour, 26 minutes
5Atlanta (ATL)New York (JFK, LGA)1 hour, 30 minutes
6Los Angeles (LAX)New York (JFK, LGA)4 hours, 54 minutes
7New York (JFK, LGA)Orlando (MCO)1 hour, 53 minutes
8New York (JFK, LGA)London, UK (LHR)6 hours, 57 minutes
9Las Vegas (LAS)Los Angeles (LAX)0 hours, 27 minutes
10Los Angeles (LAX)Phoenix (PHX)0 hours, 43 minutes
11Chicago (ORD)Los Angeles (LAX)3 hours, 29 minutes
12New York (JFK, LGA)San Francisco (SFO)5 hours, 9 minutes
13Dallas (DFW)Houston (HOU)0 hours, 27 minutes
14Atlanta (ATL)Orlando (MCO)0 hours, 48 minutes
15Dallas (DFW)Los Angeles (LAX)2 hours, 29 minutes
16Boston (BOS)Los Angeles (LAX)5 hours, 12 minutes
17Denver (DEN)Los Angeles (LAX)1 hour, 40 minutes
18Los Angeles (LAX)Seattle (SEA)1 hour, 55 minutes
19Atlanta, GA (ATL)Washington, DC (DCA)1 hour, 5 minutes
20Las Vegas (LAS)San Francisco (SFO)0 hours, 50 minutes
21Chicago (ORD)Denver (DEN)1 hour, 50 minutes
22Hilo, HI (ITO)Honolulu (HNL)0 hours, 25 minutes
23San Diego (SAN)San Francisco (SFO)0 hours, 55 minutes
24Chicago (ORD)Washington, DC (DCA)1 hour, 11 minutes
25New York (JFK, LGA)Washington, DC (DCA)0 hours, 25 minutes
26Atlanta (ATL)Los Angeles (LAX)3 hours, 52 minutes
27Honolulu (HNL)Kahului-Wailuku (OGG)0 hours, 11 minutes
28Charlotte (CLT)New York (JFK, LGA)1 hour, 4 minutes
29San Francisco (SFO)Seattle (SEA)1 hour, 21 minutes
30Atlanta (ATL)Chicago (ORD)1 hour, 10 minutes
31Chicago (ORD)San Francisco (SFO)3 hours, 43 minutes
32Los Angeles (LAX)San José (SJC)0 hours, 37 minutes
33Chicago (ORD)Miami (MIA)2 hours, 22 minutes
34Dallas (DFW)San Antonio (SAT)0 hours, 30 minutes
35Chicago (ORD)Las Vegas (LAS)3 hours, 3 minutes
36Boston (BOS)Chicago (ORD)1 hour, 42 minutes
37Atlanta (ATL)Dallas (DFW)1 hour, 27 minutes
38Las Vegas (LAS)New York (JFK, LGA)4 hours, 28 minutes
39Chicago (ORD)Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)0 hours, 43 minutes
40Austin (AUS)Dallas (DFW)0 hours, 22 minutes
41Miami (MIA)Washington, DC (DCA)1 hour, 51 minutes
42Atlanta (ATL)Tampa (TPA)0 hours, 50 minutes
43Dallas (DFW)New York (JFK, LGA)2 hours, 45 minutes
44Honolulu (HNL)Los Angeles (LAX)5 hours, 8 minutes
45Denver (DEN)San Francisco (SFO)1 hour, 54 minutes
46Los Angeles (LAX)Sacramento (SMF)0 hours, 43 minutes
47Houston (HOU)New York (JFK, LGA)2 hours, 50 minutes
48Boston (BOS)Washington, DC (DCA)0 hours, 47 minutes
49Chicago (ORD)Philadelphia (PHL)1 hour, 20 minutes
50New York (JFK, LGA)Tampa (TPA)2 hours, 0 minutes
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