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Travel time from Grand Junction to Durango

Grand Junction to Durango airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Grand Junction to Durango? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Durango, 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, 12:47 pm:  start in Grand Junction
drive for about 13 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 1:55 pm at the latest

1:00 pm:  Grand Junction Regional (GJT)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 2:25 pm

1:30 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

2:30 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

3:00 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

3:15 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

3:25 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

3:40 pm:  wheels up! take-off from GJT
fly for about 1 hour in the air

3:55 pm (local time):  Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX)
Phoenix, AZ is 1 hour behind Grand Junction, CO
so the time in Grand Junction is actually 4:55 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

4:01 pm (local time):  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

6:30 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 2 hours, 29 minutes

6:45 pm (local time):  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

6:55 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 3 minutes

6:58 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 23 minutes to taxi to the runway

7:21 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 51 minutes in the air

9:12 pm (local time):  Durango La Plata County (DRO)
Durango is 1 hour ahead of Phoenix, AZ
and the same time as Grand Junction
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

9:16 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at DRO
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 33 minutes to your destination

9:49 pm (local time):  arrive in Durango

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from GJT to DRO 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 Grand Junction to Durango 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: 4 hours

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Flying non-stop from Grand Junction to Durango

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

Flight distance: 129 miles or 207 km

Flight time: 45 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 9 hours, 2 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 11.9x faster, and saves you about 8.5 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.

Durango Airports
  1. Durango-La Plata County Airport
  2. Cortez Municipal Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Durango

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from GJT to PHX, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from PHX to DRO, 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 Grand Junction to Durango

The most common route is GJT to PHX, then connecting to DRO, 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. GJT to PHX to DRO
    Grand Junction Regional to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Durango La Plata County
  2. GJT to DEN to DRO
    Grand Junction Regional to Denver International to Durango La Plata County
  3. GJT to DFW to DRO
    Grand Junction Regional to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Durango La Plata County

Airlines that fly to Durango

We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your connecting 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. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)

Plan a trip to Durango

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Durango, Colorado. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Durango. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Strater Hotel. A great place to eat might be Steamworks Brewing Company. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Durango like Best areas for photography around Durango? Click the button below to explore Durango 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 Durango to Grand Junction, 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 Grand Junction to Durango road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Grand Junction to Durango?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 129 miles
flight time of 45 minutes
14 Grand Junction travel answers
31 Durango travel answers

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