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Travel time from Merced to Fresno



Merced to Fresno airports and flights

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


Wednesday, 10:29 am:  start in Merced
drive for about 6 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 60 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 11:00 am at the latest

10:35 am:  Merced Regional/Macready Field (MCE)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 11:30 am

10:50 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

11:20 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

11:35 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

11:50 am:  board Great Lakes Airlines flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

12:00 pm:  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

12:15 pm:  wheels up! take-off from MCE
fly for about 1 hour in the air

1:16 pm:  Los Angeles International (LAX)
Los Angeles, CA is the same time as Merced, CA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

1:31 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

3:35 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 2 hours, 4 minutes

3:50 pm:  board Great Lakes Airlines connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:00 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
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

4:15 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from LAX
fly for about 51 minutes in the air

5:06 pm (local time):  Visalia Municipal (VIS)
Fresno is the same time as Merced
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

5:21 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at VIS
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 2 hours to your destination

7:09 pm (local time):  arrive in Fresno

Total travel time: 9 hours




Flying non-stop from Merced to Fresno

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

Flight distance: 55 miles or 88 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 8 hours, 40 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 14.2x faster, and saves you about 8 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.




Airlines that fly to Fresno

We picked Great Lakes Airlines for your main flight, and Great Lakes Airlines 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. Great Lakes Airlines (ZK)




Plan a trip to Fresno

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

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 55 miles
flight time of 37 minutes
3 Merced travel answers
5 Fresno travel answers

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Fresno Airports
  1. Fresno Yosemite International Airport
  2. Visalia Municipal Airport



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