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Travel time from Atlanta to Raleigh



Atlanta to Raleigh airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Atlanta to Raleigh? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Raleigh, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.


Thursday, 7:16 am:  start in Atlanta
drive for about 24 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 8:35 am at the latest

7:40 am:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 9:05 am

8:10 am:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

9:10 am:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

9:40 am:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

9:55 am:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:05 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 7 minutes

10:12 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 19 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:31 am:  wheels up! take-off from ATL
fly for about 56 minutes in the air

11:27 am (local time):  Raleigh-Durham International (RDU)
Raleigh is the same time as Atlanta
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

11:31 am (local time):  arrive at the gate at RDU
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 33 minutes to your destination

12:05 pm (local time):  arrive in Raleigh

Total travel time: 5 hours




Flying non-stop from Atlanta to Raleigh

How far is Raleigh from Atlanta? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 355 miles or 572 km

Flight time: 55 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 4 hours, 49 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3.6x faster, and saves you about 3.5 hours in your total travel time.

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.

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. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.



Best day of the week to fly to Raleigh

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to RDU, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Based on these statistical results, we chose Thursday for the flight itinerary above.




Airlines that fly to Raleigh

We picked Delta Air Lines Inc. for your main flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  2. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)




Plan a trip to Raleigh

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Raleigh, North Carolina. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Raleigh. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out The Umstead Hotel & Spa. A great place to eat might be The Pit. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Raleigh like North Carolina Museum of Art. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Raleigh like What is your favorite restaurant in Raleigh? Click the button below to explore Raleigh in detail.






What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Raleigh to Atlanta, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a Atlanta to Raleigh road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Atlanta to Raleigh?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 355 miles
flight time of 55 minutes
111 Atlanta travel answers
13 Raleigh travel answers

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Raleigh Airports
  1. Raleigh-Durham International Airport



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