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Travel time from Fort Lauderdale to New York City

Fort Lauderdale to New York City airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Fort Lauderdale to New York City? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach New York City, 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, 4:06 pm:  start in Fort Lauderdale
drive for about 9 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 5:10 pm at the latest

4:15 pm:  Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 5:40 pm

4:45 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

5:45 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

6:15 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

6:30 pm:  board United Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

6:40 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 3 minutes

6:43 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

6:58 pm:  wheels up! take-off from FLL
fly for about 2.5 hours in the air

9:23 pm (local time):  Newark Liberty International (EWR)
New York City is the same time as Fort Lauderdale
taxi on the runway for an average of 11 minutes to the gate

9:34 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at EWR
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 27 minutes to your destination

10:01 pm (local time):  arrive in New York City

Total travel time: 6 hours

Flying non-stop from Fort Lauderdale to New York City

How far is New York City from Fort Lauderdale? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 1,066 miles or 1715 km

Flight time: 2 hours, 23 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, 55 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3x 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.

Best day of the week to fly to New York City

Looking at flights on United Air Lines Inc. from FLL to EWR, 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 Fort Lauderdale to New York City

The most common route is FLL to EWR, 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. MIA to LGA
    Miami International to LaGuardia
  2. FLL to EWR
    Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Newark Liberty International
  3. FLL to LGA
    Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to LaGuardia
  4. FLL to JFK
    Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to John F. Kennedy International
  5. PBI to EWR
    Palm Beach International to Newark Liberty International
  6. MIA to JFK
    Miami International to John F. Kennedy International
  7. MIA to EWR
    Miami International to Newark Liberty International
  8. PBI to LGA
    Palm Beach International to LaGuardia
  9. PBI to JFK
    Palm Beach International to John F. Kennedy International
  10. PBI to HPN
    Palm Beach International to Westchester County
  11. PBI to ISP
    Palm Beach International to Long Island MacArthur
  12. FLL to HPN
    Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Westchester County
  13. FLL to ISP
    Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Long Island MacArthur

Airlines that fly to New York City

We picked United Air Lines 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. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  2. JetBlue Airways (B6)
  3. Spirit Air Lines (NK)
  4. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)

Plan a trip to New York City

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to New York, New York. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in New York City. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out The Standard New York. A great place to eat might be Katz's Delicatessen. Trippy members can suggest things to do in New York City like Central Park. Check out some of the questions people have asked about New York City like Where do the cool kids stay in NYC these days? Click the button below to explore New York City 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 New York City to Fort Lauderdale, 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 Fort Lauderdale to New York City road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Fort Lauderdale to New York City?

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,066 miles
flight time of 2 hours, 23 minutes
46 Fort Lauderdale travel answers
589 New York City travel answers


New York City Airports
  1. LaGuardia Airport
  2. Newark Liberty International Airport
  3. Teterboro Airport
  4. John F. Kennedy International Airport
  5. Morristown Municipal Airport
  6. Westchester County Airport
  7. Long Island MacArthur Airport

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