How long does it really take to fly from London to Cancun? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Cancun, 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.
Tuesday, 7:22 am: start in London
drive for about 1 hour
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 9:30 am at the latest
8:35 am: London Gatwick (LGW)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 10:00 am
9:05 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
10:05 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
10:35 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
10:50 am: board British Airways Plc flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
11:00 am: 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
11:15 am: wheels up! take-off from LGW
fly for about 10.5 hours in the air
3:39 pm (local time): Cancun International (CUN)
Cancun is 6 hours behind London
so the time in London is actually 9:39 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate
3:54 pm (local time): arrive at the gate at CUN
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 28 minutes to your destination
4:23 pm (local time): arrive in Cancun
Total travel time: 15 hours
How far is Cancun from London? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.
Flight distance: 4,954 miles or 7972 km
Flight time: 10 hours, 24 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 15 hours.
Flying private is roughly 1.5x 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. 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 fairly long flight, so unless you have a Gulfstream G650 or your own Boeing or Airbus, 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.
The most common route is LGW to CUN, 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:
We picked British Airways Plc 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:
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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 Cancun to London, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.
If you happen to know London, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about London!