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Travel time from Houston to Buffalo



Houston to Buffalo airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Houston to Buffalo? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Buffalo, 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, 7:10 am:  start in Houston
drive for about 45 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 8:50 am at the latest

7:55 am:  George Bush Intercontinental/Houston (IAH)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 9:20 am

8:25 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

9:25 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

9:55 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

10:10 am:  board United Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:20 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 13 minutes

10:33 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:50 am:  wheels up! take-off from IAH
fly for about 2 hours in the air

12:49 pm:  Chicago O'Hare International (ORD)
Chicago, IL is the same time as Houston, TX
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 13 minutes to the gate

1:02 pm:  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

1:35 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 33 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

1:50 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:00 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 6 minutes

2:06 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 26 minutes to taxi to the runway

2:32 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from CLE
fly for about 1 hour in the air

4:39 pm (local time):  Buffalo Niagara International (BUF)
Buffalo is 1 hour ahead of Houston
so the time in Houston is actually 3:39 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

4:43 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at BUF
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 25 minutes to your destination

5:08 pm (local time):  arrive in Buffalo

Total travel time: 9 hours




Flying non-stop from Houston to Buffalo

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

Flight distance: 1,286 miles or 2069 km

Flight time: 3 hours, 4 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 8 hours, 58 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3x faster, and saves you about 6 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 Buffalo

Looking at flights on United Air Lines Inc. from IAH to ORD, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from ORD to BUF, 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 Houston to Buffalo

The most common route is IAH to ORD, then connecting to BUF, 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. IAH to ORD to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Chicago O'Hare International to Buffalo Niagara International
  2. HOU to ATL to BUF
    William P Hobby to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Buffalo Niagara International
  3. IAH to ATL to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Buffalo Niagara International
  4. IAH to MCO to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Orlando International to Buffalo Niagara International
  5. IAH to EWR to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Newark Liberty International to Buffalo Niagara International
  6. HOU to MCO to BUF
    William P Hobby to Orlando International to Buffalo Niagara International
  7. IAH to LAX to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Los Angeles International to Buffalo Niagara International
  8. HOU to BWI to BUF
    William P Hobby to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Buffalo Niagara International
  9. IAH to CLT to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Charlotte Douglas International to Buffalo Niagara International
  10. IAH to BWI to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Buffalo Niagara International
  11. HOU to JFK to BUF
    William P Hobby to John F. Kennedy International to Buffalo Niagara International
  12. IAH to FLL to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Buffalo Niagara International
  13. IAH to LAS to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to McCarran International to Buffalo Niagara International
  14. HOU to MDW to BUF
    William P Hobby to Chicago Midway International to Buffalo Niagara International
  15. IAH to BOS to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Logan International to Buffalo Niagara International
  16. IAH to TPA to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Tampa International to Buffalo Niagara International
  17. IAH to DTW to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Buffalo Niagara International
  18. IAH to PHX to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Buffalo Niagara International
  19. HOU to BOS to BUF
    William P Hobby to Logan International to Buffalo Niagara International
  20. IAH to LGA to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to LaGuardia to Buffalo Niagara International
  21. HOU to FLL to BUF
    William P Hobby to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Buffalo Niagara International
  22. HOU to LAS to BUF
    William P Hobby to McCarran International to Buffalo Niagara International
  23. HOU to TPA to BUF
    William P Hobby to Tampa International to Buffalo Niagara International
  24. HOU to CLT to BUF
    William P Hobby to Charlotte Douglas International to Buffalo Niagara International
  25. HOU to LAX to BUF
    William P Hobby to Los Angeles International to Buffalo Niagara International
  26. HOU to PHX to BUF
    William P Hobby to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Buffalo Niagara International
  27. HOU to EWR to BUF
    William P Hobby to Newark Liberty International to Buffalo Niagara International
  28. IAH to MSP to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Buffalo Niagara International
  29. HOU to LGA to BUF
    William P Hobby to LaGuardia to Buffalo Niagara International
  30. IAH to RSW to BUF
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Southwest Florida International to Buffalo Niagara International




Airlines that fly to Buffalo

We picked United Air Lines 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. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  2. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  3. Spirit Air Lines (NK)
  4. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  5. Envoy Air (MQ)
  6. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)




Plan a trip to Buffalo

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Buffalo, New York. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Buffalo. A great place to eat might be Anchor Bar. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Buffalo like What is your favorite restaurant in Buffalo (New York)? Click the button below to explore Buffalo 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 Buffalo to Houston, 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 Houston to Buffalo road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Houston to Buffalo?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,286 miles
flight time of 3 hours, 4 minutes
Buffalo is 1 hour ahead of Houston
83 Houston travel answers
19 Buffalo travel answers

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Buffalo Airports
  1. Buffalo Niagara International Airport
  2. Niagara Falls International Airport



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