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Travel time from Fort Lauderdale to Sarasota


Fort Lauderdale to Sarasota airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Fort Lauderdale to Sarasota? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Sarasota, 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, 8:30 am:  start in Fort Lauderdale
drive for about 10 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 9:35 am at the latest

8:40 am:  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 10:05 am

9:10 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

10:10 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

10:40 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

10:55 am:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

11:05 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 7 minutes

11:12 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

11:27 am:  wheels up! take-off from FLL
fly for about 37 minutes in the air

12:04 pm (local time):  Tampa International (TPA)
Sarasota is the same time as Fort Lauderdale
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

12:09 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at TPA
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 2 hours to your destination

2:21 pm (local time):  arrive in Sarasota

Total travel time: 6 hours

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Flying non-stop from Fort Lauderdale to Sarasota

How far is Sarasota 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: 170 miles or 273 km

Flight time: 33 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, 52 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 7.1x faster, and saves you about 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.


Sarasota Airports
  1. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
  2. Tampa International Airport
  3. St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport
  4. Charlotte County Airport


Best day of the week to fly to Sarasota

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from FLL to TPA, 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 Sarasota

The most common route is FLL to TPA, 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. FLL to TPA
    Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Tampa International
  2. MIA to TPA
    Miami International to Tampa International


Airlines that fly to Sarasota

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. Spirit Air Lines (NK)


Plan a trip to Sarasota

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Sarasota, Florida. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Sarasota. A great place to eat might be Euphemia Haye. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Sarasota like Siesta Beach. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Sarasota like Where's the best beer?!. Click the button below to explore Sarasota 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 Sarasota 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 Sarasota road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Fort Lauderdale to Sarasota?

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






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 170 miles
flight time of 33 minutes
45 Fort Lauderdale travel answers
25 Sarasota travel answers










   
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