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Distance between Tucson and Thatcher

Driving non-stop from Tucson to Thatcher

How far is Thatcher from Tucson? Here's the quick answer if you drive this relatively short distance without making any stops.

Nonstop drive: 130 miles or 209 km

Driving time: 2 hours, 4 minutes

Even though you can drive this distance straight through, it might be more interesting to stop along the way. You can scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.

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Flying non-stop from Tucson to Thatcher

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Tucson, Arizona and Thatcher, 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: 81 miles or 130 km

Flight time: 40 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 49 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.6x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/3th 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.

Tucson to Thatcher road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Thatcher, 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: 3 hours on the road


Start in Tucson.

Drive for about 1 hour, then stop at Kartchner Caverns State Park and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 60 minutes then stop in Willcox and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 51 minutes then stop in Safford and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 6 minutes and arrive in Thatcher.

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:

Plan a trip to Thatcher

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Thatcher, Arizona. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Thatcher. Click the button below to explore Thatcher 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 Thatcher to Tucson, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 130 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 4 minutes
flight distance is 81 miles
flight time of 40 minutes
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