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Travel time from Ohio to Florida

Ohio to Florida airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Ohio to Florida? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Florida, 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.

Saturday, 11:55 am:  start in Ohio
drive for about 1.5 hours
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 2:10 pm at the latest

1:15 pm:  Port Columbus International (CMH)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 2:40 pm

1:45 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

2:45 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

3:15 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

3:30 pm:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

3:40 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 64 minutes

4:44 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 9 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:53 pm:  wheels up! take-off from CMH
fly for about 2 hours in the air

6:45 pm (local time):  Orlando International (MCO)
Florida is the same time as Ohio
taxi on the runway for an average of 10 minutes to the gate

6:55 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at MCO
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 2.5 hours to your destination

9:18 pm (local time):  arrive in Florida

Total travel time: 9 hours

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Flying non-stop from Ohio to Florida

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

Flight distance: 866 miles or 1394 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 58 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 9 hours, 24 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 9.4x faster, and saves you about 8.5 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. 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 Florida

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from CMH to MCO, 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 Saturday for the flight itinerary above.

Alternate flights from Ohio to Florida

The most common route is CMH to MCO, 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. CMH to MCO
    Port Columbus International to Orlando International
  2. CLE to MCO
    Cleveland-Hopkins International to Orlando International
  3. CLE to RSW
    Cleveland-Hopkins International to Southwest Florida International
  4. CMH to TPA
    Port Columbus International to Tampa International
  5. CMH to RSW
    Port Columbus International to Southwest Florida International
  6. CLE to TPA
    Cleveland-Hopkins International to Tampa International

Airlines that fly to Florida

We picked Southwest Airlines Co. 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. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  2. Frontier Airlines Inc. (F9)
  3. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  4. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)

Plan a trip to Florida

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Florida (FL). Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Florida. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Florida like Would this be a good area to stay three or four days? July a good time? Click the button below to explore Florida 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 Florida to Ohio, 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 Ohio to Florida road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Ohio to Florida?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 866 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 58 minutes
16 Ohio travel answers
93 Florida travel answers

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