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Travel time from Cincinnati to Fresno

Cincinnati to Fresno airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Cincinnati to Fresno? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Fresno, 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, 11:03 am:  start in Cincinnati
drive for about 40 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 12:38 pm at the latest

11:43 am:  Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International (CVG)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 1:08 pm

12:13 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

1:13 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

1:43 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

1:58 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:08 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 9 minutes

2:17 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 13 minutes to taxi to the runway

2:30 pm:  wheels up! take-off from CVG
fly for about 4.5 hours in the air

3:52 pm (local time):  Los Angeles International (LAX)
Los Angeles, CA is 3 hours behind Cincinnati, OH
so the time in Cincinnati is actually 6:52 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 14 minutes to the gate

4:06 pm (local time):  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

6:05 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 1 hour, 59 minutes

6:20 pm (local time):  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

6:30 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

6:48 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from SLC
fly for about 40 minutes in the air

7:28 pm (local time):  Fresno Yosemite International (FAT)
Fresno is 3 hours behind Cincinnati
so the time in Cincinnati is actually 10:28 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

7:32 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at FAT
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 11 minutes to your destination

7:43 pm (local time):  arrive in Fresno

Total travel time: 12 hours

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Flying non-stop from Cincinnati to Fresno

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

Flight distance: 1,924 miles or 3096 km

Flight time: 4 hours, 21 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 11 hours, 40 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 2.9x faster, and saves you about 7.5 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. 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.

Fresno Airports
  1. Fresno Yosemite International Airport
  2. Visalia Municipal Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Fresno

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from CVG to LAX, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from LAX to FAT, 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 Cincinnati to Fresno

Airlines that fly to Fresno

We picked Delta Air Lines Inc. for your main flight, and SkyWest Airlines 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)
  2. Frontier Airlines Inc. (F9)
  3. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)

Plan a trip to Fresno

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Fresno, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Fresno. Click the button below to explore Fresno 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 Fresno to Cincinnati, 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 Cincinnati to Fresno road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Cincinnati to Fresno?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,924 miles
flight time of 4 hours, 21 minutes
Fresno is 3 hours behind Cincinnati
35 Cincinnati travel answers
11 Fresno travel answers

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