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Travel time from Houston to New Jersey



Houston to New Jersey airports and flights

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


Friday, 10:05 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 11:45 am at the latest

10:50 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 12:15 pm

11:20 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

12:20 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

12:50 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

1:05 pm:  board United Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

1:15 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 21 minutes

1:36 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

1:54 pm:  wheels up! take-off from IAH
fly for about 3 hours in the air

5:45 pm (local time):  Newark Liberty International (EWR)
New Jersey is 1 hour ahead of Houston
so the time in Houston is actually 4:45 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 12 minutes to the gate

5:57 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 1.5 hours to your destination

7:31 pm (local time):  arrive in New Jersey

Total travel time: 8 hours




Flying non-stop from Houston to New Jersey

How far is New Jersey 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: 1,383 miles or 2225 km

Flight time: 2 hours, 55 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, 26 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 4.2x faster, and saves you about 6.5 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. 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 Jersey

Looking at flights on United Air Lines Inc. from IAH 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 Friday for the flight itinerary above.




Alternate flights from Houston to New Jersey

The most common route is IAH 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. IAH to EWR
    George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Newark Liberty International
  2. HOU to EWR
    William P Hobby to Newark Liberty International




Airlines that fly to New Jersey

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. Spirit Air Lines (NK)




Plan a trip to New Jersey

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to New Jersey (NJ). Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in New Jersey. Check out some of the questions people have asked about New Jersey like Best beach towns in New Jersey? Click the button below to explore New Jersey 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 Jersey 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 New Jersey to Houston road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from New Jersey to Houston?

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 1,383 miles
flight time of 2 hours, 55 minutes
New Jersey is 1 hour ahead of Houston
73 Houston travel answers
21 New Jersey travel answers

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