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Travel time from Denver to Tempe

Denver to Tempe airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Denver to Tempe? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Tempe, 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, 8:59 am:  start in Denver
drive for about 56 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 10:50 am at the latest

9:55 am:  Denver International (DEN)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 11:20 am

10:25 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

11:25 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

11:55 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

12:10 pm:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

12:20 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 17 minutes

12:37 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 11 minutes to taxi to the runway

12:48 pm:  wheels up! take-off from DEN
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

1:18 pm (local time):  Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX)
Tempe is 1 hour behind Denver
so the time in Denver is actually 2:18 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

1:24 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at PHX
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 18 minutes to your destination

1:42 pm (local time):  arrive in Tempe

Total travel time: 6 hours

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Flying non-stop from Denver to Tempe

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

Flight distance: 581 miles or 935 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 26 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, 42 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. 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.

Tempe Airports
  1. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  2. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Tempe

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from DEN to PHX, 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 Tempe

We picked Southwest Airlines Co. 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. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  2. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  3. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  4. Frontier Airlines Inc. (F9)
  5. Spirit Air Lines (NK)
  6. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)

Plan a trip to Tempe

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Tempe, Arizona. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Tempe. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Hotel Valley Ho. A great place to eat might be Pizzeria Bianco. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Tempe like Camelback Mountain. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Tempe like Best free things to do in Tempe? Click the button below to explore Tempe 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 Tempe to Denver, 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 Denver to Tempe road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Denver to Tempe?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 581 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 26 minutes
Tempe is 1 hour behind Denver
192 Denver travel answers
7 Tempe travel answers

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