How far is Mesa from Phoenix? Here's the quick answer if you make this quick drive without any stops. Of course, traffic is going to make a big difference so make sure you check that before leaving.
Nonstop drive: 20 miles or 32 km
Driving time: 29 minutes
Even on a short drive, it might be more interesting to stop along the way and explore the local area. You can scroll down to see the calculation if you drive with stops.
Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Phoenix, Arizona and Mesa, Arizona. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.
Flight distance: 15 miles or 24 km
Flight time: 32 minutes
The straight line flight distance is 5 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.4x of the flight distance.
Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/1th of the time it would take to drive.
This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. Scroll down to see a more realistic calculation that takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.
Realistically, you're not going to want to drive without stopping all the way from Phoenix to Mesa, especially if you're the main driver. So let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Mesa, and you need to stop along the way to rest. Plus if it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and find a hotel to stay overnight. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.
Based on the length of this trip, we think you could spread out this fun road trip over a number of days.
Road trip: 4 days of driving
With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.
Travel time: 308 hours on the road with 3 overnights
Start in Phoenix.
Drive for about 19 minutes, then stop at Casa Reynoso and stay for about 1 hour.
Next, drive for another 27 minutes then stop in Apache Junction and stay for 1 hour.
Drive for 55 minutes then stop at Salt River Canyon Wilderness and stay for 1 hour.
Drive for 3 hours then stop at Tortilla Flat. Stay overnight.
The next day, drive for about 151 hours, then stop in Superior (Arizona) and stay overnight.
The next day, drive for about 149 hours, then stop in Sedona and stay overnight.
The next day, drive for about 2.5 hours, then stop in Globe and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 53 minutes then stop at Apache Trail and stay for 1 hour.
Finally, drive for about 15 minutes and arrive in Mesa.
To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:
In the quick calculation above, we assumed you had a private plane and just wanted to know the time in the air from city to city. But for most of us, we're going to be flying on a commercial airline (whether it's first class or coach). So that means we really need to account for all the extra travel time getting to the airport, waiting for our flight, and making it to the destination.
To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.
Departure airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Arrival airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.
Getting to the airport: 11 minutes
Getting to your destination: 33 minutes
Now finally, let's look at an example flight from PHX to PHX and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.
Commercial flight time: 32 minutes
So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Phoenix to Mesa including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.
Total travel time: 3 hours
Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Mesa, Arizona. There's an entire Q&A community where you can post questions and get answers from expert travelers or locals who know the area. For instance, you might be interested in the answers to this question: Motorcycle Day Trip. A great place to eat might be Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Mesa like Four Peaks Brewing Company. Click the button below to explore Mesa in detail.
The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Mesa to Phoenix, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.
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