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Travel time from Nashville to Gatlinburg

Nashville to Gatlinburg airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Nashville 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.

Thursday, 9:16 am:  start in Nashville
drive for about 19 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 10:30 am at the latest

9:35 am:  Nashville International (BNA)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 11:00 am

10:05 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

11:05 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 Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

12:00 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 4 minutes

12:04 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

12:22 pm:  wheels up! take-off from BNA
fly for about 40 minutes in the air

2:02 pm (local time):  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is 1 hour ahead of Nashville, TN
so the time in Nashville is actually 1:02 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 8 minutes to the gate

2:10 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

2:58 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 48 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

3:13 pm (local time):  board ExpressJet Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

3:23 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 12 minutes

3:35 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 25 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:00 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 31 minutes in the air

4:31 pm (local time):  McGhee Tyson (TYS)
Gatlinburg is 1 hour ahead of Nashville
so the time in Nashville is actually 3:31 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 3 minutes to the gate

4:34 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

5:58 pm (local time):  arrive in Gatlinburg

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from BNA 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 Nashville 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

  Change your route

Flying non-stop from Nashville to Gatlinburg

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

Flight distance: 186 miles or 300 km

Flight time: 52 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 7 hours, 42 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 8.8x faster, and saves you about 7 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 BNA 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 Thursday for the flight itinerary above.

Alternate flights from Nashville to Gatlinburg

The most common route is BNA 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. BNA to ATL to TYS
    Nashville International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to McGhee Tyson
  2. BNA to DFW to TYS
    Nashville International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to McGhee Tyson
  3. BNA to ORD to TYS
    Nashville International to Chicago O'Hare International to McGhee Tyson
  4. BNA to DEN to TYS
    Nashville International to Denver International to McGhee Tyson
  5. BNA to DTW to TYS
    Nashville International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to McGhee Tyson
  6. BNA to IAH to TYS
    Nashville International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to McGhee Tyson
  7. BNA to CLT to TYS
    Nashville International to Charlotte Douglas International to McGhee Tyson
  8. BNA to EWR to TYS
    Nashville International to Newark Liberty International to McGhee Tyson
  9. BNA to LGA to TYS
    Nashville International to LaGuardia to McGhee Tyson
  10. TN8 to YYZ to TYS
    John C Tune to Lester B. Pearson International 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 Nashville, 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 Nashville to Gatlinburg road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Nashville to Gatlinburg?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 186 miles
flight time of 52 minutes
Gatlinburg is 1 hour ahead of Nashville
190 Nashville travel answers
32 Gatlinburg travel answers

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