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Travel time from Minneapolis to Tuscaloosa


Minneapolis to Tuscaloosa airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Minneapolis to Tuscaloosa? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Tuscaloosa, 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 Minneapolis
drive for about 21 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 9:11 am at the latest

8:16 am:  Minneapolis-St Paul International (MSP)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 9:41 am

8:46 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

9:46 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

10:16 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

10:31 am:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:41 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 21 minutes

11:02 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

11:17 am:  wheels up! take-off from MSP
fly for about 2 hours in the air

2:20 pm (local time):  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is 1 hour ahead of Minneapolis, MN
so the time in Minneapolis is actually 1:20 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 12 minutes to the gate

2:32 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

3:00 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 28 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

3:15 pm (local time):  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

3:25 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 11 minutes

3:36 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:54 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from DCA
fly for about 28 minutes in the air

3:22 pm (local time):  Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International (BHM)
Tuscaloosa is 1 hour behind Atlanta, GA
and the same time as Minneapolis
taxi on the runway for an average of 3 minutes to the gate

3:25 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 2.5 hours to your destination

6:05 pm (local time):  arrive in Tuscaloosa

Total travel time: 10 hours

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Flying non-stop from Minneapolis to Tuscaloosa

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

Flight distance: 867 miles or 1396 km

Flight time: 2 hours, 14 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 10 hours, 10 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 5.1x 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. 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.


Tuscaloosa Airports
  1. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
  2. Golden Triangle Regional Airport
  3. Meridian Regional Airport
  4. Montgomery Regional Airport


Best day of the week to fly to Tuscaloosa

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from MSP 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 Minneapolis to Tuscaloosa

The most common route is MSP 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. MSP to ATL to BHM
    Minneapolis-St Paul International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  2. MSP to ORD to BHM
    Minneapolis-St Paul International to Chicago O'Hare International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  3. MSP to DEN to BHM
    Minneapolis-St Paul International to Denver International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  4. MSP to MDW to BHM
    Minneapolis-St Paul International to Chicago Midway International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  5. MSP to DFW to BHM
    Minneapolis-St Paul International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  6. MSP to LAS to BHM
    Minneapolis-St Paul International to McCarran International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  7. MSP to MCO to BHM
    Minneapolis-St Paul International to Orlando International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  8. MSP to DTW to BHM
    Minneapolis-St Paul International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  9. MSP to IAH to BHM
    Minneapolis-St Paul International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  10. MSP to LGA to BHM
    Minneapolis-St Paul International to LaGuardia to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  11. MSP to TPA to BHM
    Minneapolis-St Paul International to Tampa International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  12. MSP to BWI to BHM
    Minneapolis-St Paul International to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International
  13. MSP to MIA to BHM
    Minneapolis-St Paul International to Miami International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International


Airlines that fly to Tuscaloosa

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. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  3. Spirit Air Lines (NK)
  4. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)
  5. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)


Plan a trip to Tuscaloosa

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

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






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 867 miles
flight time of 2 hours, 14 minutes
57 Minneapolis travel answers
2 Tuscaloosa travel answers










   
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