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Travel time from Orlando to Memphis

Orlando to Memphis airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Orlando to Memphis? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Memphis, 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, 9:53 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 11:15 am at the latest

10:20 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 11:45 am

10:50 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

11:50 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

12:20 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

12:35 pm:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

12:45 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 20 minutes

1:05 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 13 minutes to taxi to the runway

1:18 pm:  wheels up! take-off from MCO
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

2:03 pm (local time):  Memphis International (MEM)
Memphis is 1 hour behind Orlando
so the time in Orlando is actually 3:03 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

2:10 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at MEM
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 25 minutes to your destination

2:35 pm (local time):  arrive in Memphis

Total travel time: 6 hours

Flying non-stop from Orlando to Memphis

How far is Memphis 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: 683 miles or 1099 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 41 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, 42 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 5.7x 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. 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 Memphis

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from MCO to MEM, 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.

Airlines that fly to Memphis

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)

Plan a trip to Memphis

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Memphis, Tennessee. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Memphis. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Peabody Hotel. A great place to eat might be Central BBQ. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Memphis like Beale Street. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Memphis like What are the musts of Memphis, y'all? Click the button below to explore Memphis 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 Memphis 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 Memphis road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Orlando to Memphis?

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 683 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 41 minutes
Memphis is 1 hour behind Orlando
134 Orlando travel answers
94 Memphis travel answers


Memphis Airports
  1. Memphis International Airport

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