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Travel time from Lubbock to McAllen

Lubbock to McAllen airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Lubbock to McAllen? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach McAllen, 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, 2:16 pm:  start in Lubbock
drive for about 19 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 3:30 pm at the latest

2:35 pm:  Lubbock Preston Smith International (LBB)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 4:00 pm

3:05 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

4:05 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

4:35 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

4:50 pm:  board ExpressJet Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

5:00 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 16 minutes

5:16 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 13 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:29 pm:  wheels up! take-off from LBB
fly for about 1 hour in the air

6:38 pm:  George Bush Intercontinental/Houston (IAH)
Houston, TX is the same time as Lubbock, TX
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 8 minutes to the gate

6:46 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

7:27 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 41 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

7:42 pm:  board United Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:52 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 14 minutes

8:06 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 12 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):  McAllen Miller International (MFE)
McAllen is the same time as Lubbock
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

9:12 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at MFE
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 6 minutes to your destination

9:18 pm (local time):  arrive in McAllen

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from LBB to MFE 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 Lubbock to McAllen 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

Flying non-stop from Lubbock to McAllen

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

Flight distance: 552 miles or 889 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 36 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, 2 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 7x 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 McAllen

Looking at flights on ExpressJet Airlines Inc. from LBB to IAH, and connecting flights on United Air Lines Inc. from IAH to MFE, 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 Lubbock to McAllen

The most common route is LBB to IAH, then connecting to MFE, 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. LBB to IAH to MFE
    Lubbock Preston Smith International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to McAllen Miller International
  2. LBB to IAH to HRL
    Lubbock Preston Smith International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Valley International
  3. LBB to HOU to HRL
    Lubbock Preston Smith International to William P Hobby to Valley International
  4. LBB to DFW to MFE
    Lubbock Preston Smith International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to McAllen Miller International
  5. LBB to AUS to HRL
    Lubbock Preston Smith International to Austin - Bergstrom International to Valley International

Airlines that fly to McAllen

We picked ExpressJet Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and United Air Lines 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. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)
  2. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  3. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)

Plan a trip to McAllen

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to McAllen, Texas. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in McAllen. Click the button below to explore McAllen 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 McAllen to Lubbock, 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 Lubbock to McAllen road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Lubbock to McAllen?

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 552 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 36 minutes
7 Lubbock travel answers
2 McAllen travel answers


McAllen Airports
  1. McAllen-Miller International Airport
  2. General Lucio Blanco International Airport
  3. Valley International Airport

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