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Travel time from Monterey to Gilroy

Monterey to Gilroy airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Monterey to Gilroy? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Gilroy, 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, 11:46 am:  start in Monterey
drive for about 9 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 12:50 pm at the latest

11:55 am:  Monterey Regional (MRY)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 1:20 pm

12:25 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

1:25 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

1:55 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

2:10 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:20 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 36 minutes

2:56 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:14 pm:  wheels up! take-off from MRY
fly for about 49 minutes in the air

4:03 pm:  Los Angeles International (LAX)
Los Angeles, CA is the same time as Monterey, CA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 13 minutes to the gate

4:16 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

4:10 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about -6 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

4:25 pm:  board Southwest Airlines Co. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:35 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 36 minutes

5:11 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 13 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:24 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 52 minutes in the air

6:16 pm (local time):  Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International (SJC)
Gilroy is the same time as Monterey
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

6:21 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at SJC
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 1.5 hours to your destination

7:56 pm (local time):  arrive in Gilroy

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from MRY to SJC 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 Monterey to Gilroy 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 Monterey to Gilroy

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

Flight distance: 33 miles or 54 km

Flight time: 34 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, 10 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 14.4x faster, and saves you about 7.5 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.

Gilroy Airports
  1. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
  2. Monterey Regional Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Gilroy

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from MRY to LAX, and connecting flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from LAX to SJC, 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 Monterey to Gilroy

The most common route is MRY to LAX, then connecting to SJC, 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. MRY to LAX to SJC
    Monterey Regional to Los Angeles International to Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International
  2. MRY to PHX to SJC
    Monterey Regional to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International

Airlines that fly to Gilroy

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

Plan a trip to Gilroy

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Gilroy, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Gilroy. A great place to eat might be Vertigo Coffee. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Gilroy like Gilroy Premium Outlets. Click the button below to explore Gilroy 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 Gilroy to Monterey, 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 Monterey to Gilroy road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Monterey to Gilroy?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 33 miles
flight time of 34 minutes
167 Monterey travel answers
4 Gilroy travel answers

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