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Travel time from Las Vegas to Big Sur

Las Vegas to Big Sur airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Las Vegas to Big Sur? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Big Sur, 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, 2:41 pm:  start in Las Vegas
drive for about 19 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 3:55 pm at the latest

3:00 pm:  McCarran International (LAS)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 4:25 pm

3:30 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

4:30 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

5:00 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

5:15 pm:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

5:25 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 22 minutes

5:47 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 24 minutes to taxi to the runway

6:11 pm:  wheels up! take-off from LAS
fly for about 44 minutes in the air

6:55 pm:  Los Angeles International (LAX)
Los Angeles, CA is the same time as Las Vegas, NV
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 10 minutes to the gate

7:05 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

7:10 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 5 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

7:25 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:35 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 22 minutes

7:57 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 21 minutes to taxi to the runway

8:18 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 49 minutes in the air

9:07 pm (local time):  Monterey Regional (MRY)
Big Sur is the same time as Las Vegas
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

9:11 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at MRY
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 hour to your destination

10:17 pm (local time):  arrive in Big Sur

Total travel time: 8 hours

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Flying non-stop from Las Vegas to Big Sur

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

Flight distance: 372 miles or 599 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 15 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 7 hours, 36 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 7.6x 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.

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.

Big Sur Airports
  1. Monterey Regional Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Big Sur

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from LAS to LAX, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from LAX to MRY, 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 Las Vegas to Big Sur

The most common route is LAS to LAX, then connecting to MRY, 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. LAS to LAX to MRY
    McCarran International to Los Angeles International to Monterey Regional
  2. LAS to SFO to MRY
    McCarran International to San Francisco International to Monterey Regional
  3. LAS to PHX to MRY
    McCarran International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Monterey Regional

Airlines that fly to Big Sur

We picked Southwest Airlines Co. 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. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  2. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  3. Virgin America (VX)
  4. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  5. Spirit Air Lines (NK)
  6. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  7. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)

Plan a trip to Big Sur

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Big Sur, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Big Sur. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Fernwood Resort. A great place to eat might be Nepenthe. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Big Sur like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Big Sur like Whats the best hike in Big Sur? Best beach? Click the button below to explore Big Sur 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 Big Sur to Las Vegas, 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 Las Vegas to Big Sur road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Las Vegas to Big Sur?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 372 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 15 minutes
379 Las Vegas travel answers
206 Big Sur travel answers

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