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Travel time from Memphis to Birmingham (Alabama)

Memphis to Birmingham (Alabama) airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Memphis to Birmingham (Alabama)? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Birmingham (Alabama), 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, 7:55 am:  start in Memphis
drive for about 25 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 9:15 am at the latest

8:20 am:  Memphis International (MEM)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 9:45 am

8:50 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

9:50 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

10:20 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

10:35 am:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:45 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 12 minutes

10:57 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

11:15 am:  wheels up! take-off from MEM
fly for about 51 minutes in the air

1:06 pm (local time):  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is 1 hour ahead of Memphis, TN
so the time in Memphis is actually 12:06 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

1:12 pm (local time):  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 (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 23 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

1:50 pm (local time):  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:00 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 3 minutes

2:03 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

2:20 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 28 minutes in the air

1:48 pm (local time):  Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International (BHM)
Birmingham (Alabama) is 1 hour behind Atlanta, GA
and the same time as Memphis
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

1:52 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at BHM
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 12 minutes to your destination

2:05 pm (local time):  arrive in Birmingham (Alabama)

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from MEM to BHM 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 Memphis to Birmingham (Alabama) 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

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Flying non-stop from Memphis to Birmingham (Alabama)

How far is Birmingham (Alabama) from Memphis? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 217 miles or 349 km

Flight time: 37 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 6 hours, 10 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 6.6x 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.

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.

Birmingham (Alabama) Airports
  1. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Birmingham (Alabama)

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from MEM to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to BHM, 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 Memphis to Birmingham (Alabama)

The most common route is MEM to ATL, then connecting to BHM, 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. MEM to ATL to BHM
    Memphis International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  2. MEM to IAH to BHM
    Memphis International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  3. MEM to ORD to BHM
    Memphis International to Chicago O'Hare International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  4. MEM to DAL to BHM
    Memphis International to Dallas Love Field to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  5. MEM to MDW to BHM
    Memphis International to Chicago Midway International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  6. MEM to HOU to BHM
    Memphis International to William P Hobby to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  7. MEM to DFW to BHM
    Memphis International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  8. MEM to MCO to BHM
    Memphis International to Orlando International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  9. MEM to DTW to BHM
    Memphis International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  10. MEM to TPA to BHM
    Memphis International to Tampa International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  11. MEM to DEN to BHM
    Memphis International to Denver International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  12. MEM to BWI to BHM
    Memphis International to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  13. MEM to LGA to BHM
    Memphis International to LaGuardia to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International

Airlines that fly to Birmingham (Alabama)

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

Plan a trip to Birmingham (Alabama)

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Birmingham, Alabama. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Birmingham (Alabama). Check out some of the questions people have asked about Birmingham (Alabama) like Entertainment for a large group of customers in Birmingham? Click the button below to explore Birmingham (Alabama) 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 Birmingham (Alabama) to Memphis, 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 Memphis to Birmingham (Alabama) road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Memphis to Birmingham (Alabama)?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 217 miles
flight time of 37 minutes
96 Memphis travel answers
31 Birmingham (Alabama) travel answers

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