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Travel time from Nashville to Tucson

Nashville to Tucson airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Nashville to Tucson? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Tucson, 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, 8:27 am:  start in Nashville
drive for about 18 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 9:40 am at the latest

8:45 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 10:10 am

9:15 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

10:15 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

10:45 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

11:00 am:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

11:10 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 10 minutes

11:20 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 12 minutes to taxi to the runway

11:32 am:  wheels up! take-off from BNA
fly for about 4 hours in the air

1:46 pm (local time):  Los Angeles International (LAX)
Los Angeles, CA is 2 hours behind Nashville, TN
so the time in Nashville is actually 3:46 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 13 minutes to the gate

1:59 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

2:47 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

3:02 pm (local time):  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

3:12 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 16 minutes

3:28 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:45 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from DFW
fly for about 1 hour in the air

4:47 pm (local time):  Tucson International (TUS)
Tucson is 1 hour ahead of Los Angeles, CA
and 2 hours behind Nashville
so the time in Nashville is actually 6:47 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

4:51 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at TUS
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 22 minutes to your destination

5:13 pm (local time):  arrive in Tucson

Total travel time: 11 hours

Flying non-stop from Nashville to Tucson

How far is Tucson 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: 1,405 miles or 2262 km

Flight time: 3 hours, 19 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, 46 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3.6x 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.

Best day of the week to fly to Tucson

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from BNA to LAX, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from LAX to TUS, 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 Tucson

The most common route is BNA to LAX, then connecting to TUS, 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 LAX to TUS
    Nashville International to Los Angeles International to Tucson International
  2. BNA to DFW to TUS
    Nashville International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Tucson International
  3. BNA to DEN to TUS
    Nashville International to Denver International to Tucson International
  4. BNA to ATL to TUS
    Nashville International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Tucson International
  5. BNA to ORD to TUS
    Nashville International to Chicago O'Hare International to Tucson International
  6. BNA to MDW to TUS
    Nashville International to Chicago Midway International to Tucson International
  7. BNA to LAS to TUS
    Nashville International to McCarran International to Tucson International
  8. BNA to IAH to TUS
    Nashville International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Tucson International
  9. BNA to PHX to TUS
    Nashville International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Tucson International
  10. BNA to HOU to TUS
    Nashville International to William P Hobby to Tucson International
  11. BNA to SAN to TUS
    Nashville International to San Diego International to Tucson International
  12. BNA to SFO to TUS
    Nashville International to San Francisco International to Tucson International
  13. BNA to MSP to TUS
    Nashville International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Tucson International
  14. BNA to SLC to TUS
    Nashville International to Salt Lake City International to Tucson International
  15. BNA to SEA to TUS
    Nashville International to Seattle/Tacoma International to Tucson International
  16. BNA to OAK to TUS
    Nashville International to Metropolitan Oakland International to Tucson International
  17. BNA to JFK to TUS
    Nashville International to John F. Kennedy International to Tucson International
  18. TN8 to YYZ to TUS
    John C Tune to Lester B. Pearson International to Tucson International

Airlines that fly to Tucson

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

Plan a trip to Tucson

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Tucson, Arizona. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Tucson. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Tucson like El Charro Cafe. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Tucson like What to do in Tucson- staying near UofA. Click the button below to explore Tucson 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 Tucson 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 Tucson road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Nashville to Tucson?

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,405 miles
flight time of 3 hours, 19 minutes
Tucson is 2 hours behind Nashville
147 Nashville travel answers
44 Tucson travel answers


Tucson Airports
  1. Tucson International Airport

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