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Travel time from Buffalo to Memphis



Buffalo to Memphis airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Buffalo to Memphis? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Memphis, 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, 1:11 pm:  start in Buffalo
drive for about 24 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 2:30 pm at the latest

1:35 pm:  Buffalo Niagara International (BUF)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 3:00 pm

2:05 pm:  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

3:05 pm:  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

3:35 pm:  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

3:50 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:00 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 18 minutes

4:18 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:35 pm:  wheels up! take-off from BUF
fly for about 2 hours in the air

6:20 pm:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is the same time as Buffalo, NY
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 8 minutes to the gate

6:28 pm:  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

6:49 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 21 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

7:04 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:14 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 26 minutes

7:40 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

7:56 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from DTW
fly for about 57 minutes in the air

7:53 pm (local time):  Memphis International (MEM)
Memphis is 1 hour behind Buffalo
so the time in Buffalo is actually 8:53 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

7:57 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at MEM
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 25 minutes to your destination

8:23 pm (local time):  arrive in Memphis

Total travel time: 8 hours




Flying non-stop from Buffalo to Memphis

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

Flight distance: 803 miles or 1292 km

Flight time: 2 hours, 6 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 8 hours, 12 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 4.1x faster, and saves you about 6 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. 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.

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. 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 Memphis

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from BUF to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to MEM, 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.




Alternate flights from Buffalo to Memphis

The most common route is BUF to ATL, then connecting to MEM, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:

  1. BUF to ATL to MEM
    Buffalo Niagara International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Memphis International
  2. BUF to CLT to MEM
    Buffalo Niagara International to Charlotte Douglas International to Memphis International
  3. BUF to MCO to MEM
    Buffalo Niagara International to Orlando International to Memphis International
  4. BUF to BWI to MEM
    Buffalo Niagara International to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Memphis International
  5. BUF to DTW to MEM
    Buffalo Niagara International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Memphis International
  6. BUF to EWR to MEM
    Buffalo Niagara International to Newark Liberty International to Memphis International
  7. BUF to MDW to MEM
    Buffalo Niagara International to Chicago Midway International to Memphis International
  8. BUF to ORD to MEM
    Buffalo Niagara International to Chicago O'Hare International to Memphis International
  9. BUF to TPA to MEM
    Buffalo Niagara International to Tampa International to Memphis International
  10. BUF to MSP to MEM
    Buffalo Niagara International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Memphis International
  11. BUF to PHX to MEM
    Buffalo Niagara International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Memphis International
  12. BUF to LAX to MEM
    Buffalo Niagara International to Los Angeles International to Memphis International
  13. BUF to LGA to MEM
    Buffalo Niagara International to LaGuardia to Memphis International




Airlines that fly to Memphis

We picked Delta Air Lines Inc. for your main flight, and Delta Air Lines Inc. for your connecting 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)




Plan a trip to Memphis

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Memphis, Tennessee. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Memphis. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Peabody Hotel. A great place to eat might be Central BBQ. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Memphis like Beale Street. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Memphis like What are the musts of Memphis, y'all? Click the button below to explore Memphis 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 Memphis to Buffalo, 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 Memphis to Buffalo road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Memphis to Buffalo?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 803 miles
flight time of 2 hours, 6 minutes
Memphis is 1 hour behind Buffalo
16 Buffalo travel answers
84 Memphis travel answers








Memphis Airports
  1. Memphis International Airport



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