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Travel time from Newark (New Jersey) to Cleveland



Newark (New Jersey) to Cleveland airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Newark (New Jersey) to Cleveland? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Cleveland, 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.


Friday, 7:47 am:  start in Newark (New Jersey)
drive for about 48 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 9:30 am at the latest

8:35 am:  LaGuardia (LGA)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 10:00 am

9:05 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

10:05 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

10:35 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

10:50 am:  board ExpressJet Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

11:00 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 29 minutes to taxi to the runway

11:29 am:  wheels up! take-off from LGA
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

12:45 pm (local time):  Cleveland-Hopkins International (CLE)
Cleveland is the same time as Newark (New Jersey)
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

12:51 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at CLE
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 31 minutes to your destination

1:21 pm (local time):  arrive in Cleveland

Total travel time: 6 hours




Flying non-stop from Newark (New Jersey) to Cleveland

How far is Cleveland from Newark (New Jersey)? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 396 miles or 637 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 5 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 5 hours, 34 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 5.6x faster, and saves you about 4.5 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.



Best day of the week to fly to Cleveland

Looking at flights on ExpressJet Airlines Inc. from LGA to CLE, 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 Friday for the flight itinerary above.




Alternate flights from Newark (New Jersey) to Cleveland

The most common route is LGA to CLE, 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. LGA to CLE
    LaGuardia to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  2. EWR to CLE
    Newark Liberty International to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  3. EWR to CAK
    Newark Liberty International to Akron-Canton Regional




Airlines that fly to Cleveland

We picked ExpressJet Airlines Inc. for your main 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. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)




Plan a trip to Cleveland

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Cleveland, Ohio. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Cleveland. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out The Cleveland Hostel. A great place to eat might be Lola. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Cleveland like Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Cleveland like Good restaurants for business dinner? Click the button below to explore Cleveland 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 Cleveland to Newark (New Jersey), 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 Newark (New Jersey) to Cleveland road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Newark (New Jersey) to Cleveland?

If you happen to know Newark (New Jersey), don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Newark (New Jersey)!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 396 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 5 minutes
12 Newark (New Jersey) travel answers
41 Cleveland travel answers

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Cleveland Airports
  1. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport



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