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Travel time from Myrtle Beach to Gatlinburg

Myrtle Beach to Gatlinburg airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Myrtle Beach to Gatlinburg? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Gatlinburg, 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, 9:04 am:  start in Myrtle Beach
drive for about 7 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 10:06 am at the latest

9:11 am:  Myrtle Beach International (MYR)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 10:36 am

9:41 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

10:41 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

11:11 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

11:26 am:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

11:36 am:  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

11:51 am:  wheels up! take-off from MYR
fly for about 58 minutes in the air

12:49 pm:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is the same time as Myrtle Beach, SC
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 9 minutes to the gate

12:58 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

1:50 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 52 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

2:05 pm:  board ExpressJet Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:15 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 60 minutes

3:15 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:33 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 30 minutes in the air

4:03 pm (local time):  McGhee Tyson (TYS)
Gatlinburg is the same time as Myrtle Beach
taxi on the runway for an average of 3 minutes to the gate

4:06 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at TYS
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

5:29 pm (local time):  arrive in Gatlinburg

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from MYR to TYS 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 Myrtle Beach to Gatlinburg 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: 5 hours

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Flying non-stop from Myrtle Beach to Gatlinburg

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

Flight distance: 298 miles or 479 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 6 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, 26 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 8.4x 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.

Gatlinburg Airports
  1. McGhee Tyson Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Gatlinburg

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from MYR to ATL, and connecting flights on ExpressJet Airlines Inc. from ATL to TYS, 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 Wednesday for the flight itinerary above.

Alternate flights from Myrtle Beach to Gatlinburg

The most common route is MYR to ATL, then connecting to TYS, 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. MYR to ATL to TYS
    Myrtle Beach International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to McGhee Tyson
  2. MYR to ORD to TYS
    Myrtle Beach International to Chicago O'Hare International to McGhee Tyson
  3. MYR to DFW to TYS
    Myrtle Beach International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to McGhee Tyson
  4. MYR to LGA to TYS
    Myrtle Beach International to LaGuardia to McGhee Tyson
  5. MYR to EWR to TYS
    Myrtle Beach International to Newark Liberty International to McGhee Tyson
  6. MYR to DTW to TYS
    Myrtle Beach International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to McGhee Tyson

Airlines that fly to Gatlinburg

We picked Delta Air Lines Inc. for your main flight, and ExpressJet Airlines 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 Gatlinburg

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Gatlinburg. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Gatlinburg like Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Click the button below to explore Gatlinburg 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 Gatlinburg to Myrtle Beach, 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 Myrtle Beach to Gatlinburg road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Myrtle Beach to Gatlinburg?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 298 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 6 minutes
67 Myrtle Beach travel answers
35 Gatlinburg travel answers

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