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Travel time from Orlando to Key West

Orlando to Key West airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Orlando to Key West? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Key West, 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, 6:38 am:  start in Orlando
drive for about 27 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 8:00 am at the latest

7:05 am:  Orlando International (MCO)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 8:30 am

7:35 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

8:35 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

9:05 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

9:20 am:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

9:30 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 4 minutes

9:34 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

9:52 am:  wheels up! take-off from MCO
fly for about 1 hour in the air

10:53 am:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is the same time as Orlando, FL
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 8 minutes to the gate

11:01 am:  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

11:45 am:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 44 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

12:00 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

12:10 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 16 minutes

12:26 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

12:41 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

2:09 pm (local time):  Key West International (EYW)
Key West is the same time as Orlando
taxi on the runway for an average of 3 minutes to the gate

2:12 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at EYW
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 5 minutes to your destination

2:16 pm (local time):  arrive in Key West

Total travel time: 8 hours

Flying non-stop from Orlando to Key West

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

Flight distance: 275 miles or 443 km

Flight time: 48 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, 38 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 7.2x faster, and saves you about 6.5 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 Key West

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from MCO to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to EYW, 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 Orlando to Key West

The most common route is MCO to ATL, then connecting to EYW, 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. MCO to ATL to EYW
    Orlando International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Key West International
  2. MCO to MIA to EYW
    Orlando International to Miami International to Key West International

Airlines that fly to Key West

We picked Delta Air Lines Inc. for your main flight, and Delta Air Lines 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. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  3. Spirit Air Lines (NK)
  4. Frontier Airlines Inc. (F9)
  5. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)

Plan a trip to Key West

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Key West, Florida. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Key West. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. A great place to eat might be Blue Heaven Restaurant. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Key West like Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Key West like Where to eat in Key West? Click the button below to explore Key West 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 Key West to Orlando, 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 Orlando to Key West road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Orlando to Key West?

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 275 miles
flight time of 48 minutes
136 Orlando travel answers
58 Key West travel answers


Key West Airports
  1. Key West International Airport

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