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Distance between Flagstaff and Albuquerque

Driving non-stop from Flagstaff to Albuquerque

How far is Albuquerque from Flagstaff? Here's the quick answer if you are able to make this entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 322 miles or 518 km

Driving time: 4 hours, 32 minutes

Realistically, you'll probably want to add a buffer for rest stops, gas, or food along the way. To get a better idea of how long this trip would really be, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.

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Flying non-stop from Flagstaff to Albuquerque

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Flagstaff, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico. 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: 283 miles or 456 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 4 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 39 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.1x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/4th 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.

Flagstaff to Albuquerque road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Albuquerque, and you want to stop along the way to rest. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and maybe even 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 more than one day.

Road trip: 2 days of driving

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

Travel time: 5.5 hours on the road with 1 overnight


Start in Flagstaff.

Drive for about 52 minutes, then stop at Meteor Crater and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 1 hour then stop in Holbrook and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 41 minutes then stop in Chambers. Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 45 minutes, then stop in Gallup and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 56 minutes then stop in Grants and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 1 hour and arrive in Albuquerque.

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:

Flagstaff to Albuquerque 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: Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG)

Arrival airport: Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)

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: 12 minutes

Getting to your destination: 12 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from FLG connecting through PHX and arriving at ABQ flying on American Airlines. We can figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, time to taxi on the runways, and an average layover time of about 2 hours.

Initial flight time: 59 minutes

Connecting airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Connection flight time: 1 hour, 6 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Flagstaff to Albuquerque including time spent getting to and from the airports, roughly 2 hours at the departure airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, plus the connecting flight with a 2-hour layover.

Total travel time: 6 hours

To see the details on this flight plan, including recommended airports, airline, and route, check out the flight planner:

Plan a trip to Albuquerque

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Albuquerque. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center. A great place to eat might be Frontier Restaurant. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Albuquerque like Old Town Albuquerque. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Albuquerque like What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?. Click the button below to explore Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque to Flagstaff, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 322 miles
driving time of 4 hours, 32 minutes
flight distance is 283 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 4 minutes
Albuquerque is 1 hour ahead of Flagstaff
49 Flagstaff travel answers
77 Albuquerque travel answers

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