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Travel time from Dallas to Houston


Dallas to Houston airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Dallas to Houston? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Houston, 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, 5:17 pm:  start in Dallas
drive for about 48 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 7:00 pm at the latest

6:05 pm:  Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 7:30 pm

6:35 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

7:35 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

8:05 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

8:20 pm:  board American Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

8:30 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 9 minutes

8:39 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

8:57 pm:  wheels up! take-off from DFW
fly for about 42 minutes in the air

9:39 pm (local time):  George Bush Intercontinental/Houston (IAH)
Houston is the same time as Dallas
taxi on the runway for an average of 9 minutes to the gate

9:48 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at IAH
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 46 minutes to your destination

10:34 pm (local time):  arrive in Houston

Total travel time: 5 hours

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Flying non-stop from Dallas to Houston

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

Flight distance: 225 miles or 362 km

Flight time: 42 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 5 hours, 18 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 5.7x faster, and saves you about 4.5 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.


Houston Airports
  1. William P. Hobby Airport
  2. George Bush Intercontinental Airport


Best day of the week to fly to Houston

Looking at flights on American Airlines Inc. from DFW to IAH, 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 Dallas to Houston

The most common route is DFW to IAH, 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. DAL to HOU
    Dallas Love Field to William P Hobby
  2. DFW to IAH
    Dallas/Fort Worth International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston
  3. DFW to HOU
    Dallas/Fort Worth International to William P Hobby


Airlines that fly to Houston

We picked American Airlines 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. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  2. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  3. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  4. Envoy Air (MQ)
  5. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)


Plan a trip to Houston

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Houston, Texas. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Houston. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Hotel ZaZa. A great place to eat might be Uchi. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Houston like Houston Galleria. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Houston like Best Mexican restaurants in town? Click the button below to explore Houston 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 Houston to Dallas, 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 Dallas to Houston road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Dallas to Houston?

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






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 225 miles
flight time of 42 minutes
120 Dallas travel answers
106 Houston travel answers










   
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