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Travel time from El Paso to Cancun

El Paso to Cancun airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from El Paso to Cancun? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Cancun, 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.

Tuesday, 12:13 pm:  start in El Paso
drive for about 22 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 1:30 pm at the latest

12:35 pm:  El Paso International (ELP)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 2:00 pm

1:05 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

2:05 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

2:35 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

2:50 pm:  board Gulf And Caribbean Cargo flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

3:00 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:15 pm:  wheels up! take-off from ELP
fly for about 3.5 hours in the air

7:35 pm (local time):  Cancun International (CUN)
Cancun is 1 hour ahead of El Paso
so the time in El Paso is actually 6:35 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

7:50 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at CUN
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 28 minutes to your destination

8:18 pm (local time):  arrive in Cancun

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from ELP to CUN and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from El Paso to Cancun including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 6 hours

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Flying non-stop from El Paso to Cancun

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

Flight distance: 1,416 miles or 2279 km

Flight time: 3 hours, 20 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 7 hours, 5 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 2.4x faster, and saves you about 4 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.

Cancun Airports
  1. CancĂșn International Airport
  2. Cozumel International Airport

Airlines that fly to Cancun

We picked Gulf And Caribbean Cargo 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. Gulf And Caribbean Cargo (GFQ)
  2. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)

Plan a trip to Cancun

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Cancun, Mexico. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Cancun. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Le Blanc Spa Resort. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Cancun like What are the most popular areas to stay in Cancun? Click the button below to explore Cancun 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 Cancun to El Paso, 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 El Paso to Cancun road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from El Paso to Cancun?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,416 miles
flight time of 3 hours, 20 minutes
Cancun is 1 hour ahead of El Paso
26 El Paso travel answers
102 Cancun travel answers

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