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Distance between Puerto Vallarta and Phoenix



Driving non-stop from Puerto Vallarta to Phoenix

How far is Phoenix from Puerto Vallarta? Here's the quick answer if you have friends taking shifts as driver so that you can make the entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 1,172 miles or 1886 km

Driving time: 22 hours, 15 minutes

This is a really long drive, so it's not very realistic to drive nonstop. To get a better idea of how long this road trip would actually take, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would be if you drive with stops.





Flying non-stop from Puerto Vallarta to Phoenix

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Phoenix, 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. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

Flight distance: 978 miles or 1574 km

Flight time: 2 hours, 27 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 194 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.2x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/0th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, you might be booking 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.




Puerto Vallarta to Phoenix road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Phoenix, and you want to stop on the way to explore. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting places along the way, or maybe eat at a great restaurant. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Road trip: 1 day of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 294 hours on the road


Itinerary

Start in Puerto Vallarta.

Drive for about 144.5 hours, then stop in Navojoa and stay overnight.

The next day,

Finally, drive for about 149.5 hours and arrive in Phoenix.


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:






Puerto Vallarta to Phoenix airports and flights

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: Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR)

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: 13 minutes

Getting to your destination: 11 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from PVR to PHX on US Airways 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: 2 hours, 27 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Puerto Vallarta to Phoenix 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: 5 hours




Plan a trip to Phoenix

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Phoenix, Arizona. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Phoenix. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. A great place to eat might be Chelsea's Kitchen. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Phoenix like Piestewa Peak. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Phoenix like What is your favorite restaurant in Phoenix?. Click the button below to explore Phoenix in detail.






How far is it the other way?

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 Phoenix to Puerto Vallarta, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know Puerto Vallarta, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Puerto Vallarta!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,172 miles
driving time of 22 hours, 15 minutes
flight distance is 978 miles
flight time of 2 hours, 27 minutes
Phoenix is 2 hours behind Puerto Vallarta
33 Puerto Vallarta travel answers
65 Phoenix travel answers





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