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Travel time from Orlando to Tampa



Orlando to Tampa airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Orlando to Tampa? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Tampa, 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, 11:38 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 1:00 pm at the latest

12:05 pm:  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 1:30 pm

12:35 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

1:35 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

2:05 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

2:20 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:30 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 9 minutes

2:39 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

2:55 pm:  wheels up! take-off from MCO
fly for about 1 hour in the air

3:59 pm:  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

4:07 pm:  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

5:05 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 58 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

5:20 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

5:30 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 5 minutes

5:35 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 13 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:48 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from GNV
fly for about 1 hour in the air

6:49 pm (local time):  Tampa International (TPA)
Tampa is the same time as Orlando
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

6:53 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at TPA
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 15 minutes to your destination

7:08 pm (local time):  arrive in Tampa

Total travel time: 8 hours




Flying non-stop from Orlando to Tampa

How far is Tampa 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: 77 miles or 125 km

Flight time: 39 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, 30 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 11.5x faster, and saves you about 7 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 Tampa

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from MCO to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to TPA, 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 Tampa

The most common route is MCO to ATL, then connecting to TPA, 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 TPA
    Orlando International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Tampa International
  2. MCO to EWR to TPA
    Orlando International to Newark Liberty International to Tampa International
  3. MCO to JFK to TPA
    Orlando International to John F. Kennedy International to Tampa International
  4. MCO to ORD to TPA
    Orlando International to Chicago O'Hare International to Tampa International
  5. MCO to PHL to TPA
    Orlando International to Philadelphia International to Tampa International
  6. MCO to BWI to TPA
    Orlando International to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Tampa International
  7. MCO to DCA to TPA
    Orlando International to Ronald Reagan Washington National to Tampa International
  8. MCO to DFW to TPA
    Orlando International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Tampa International
  9. MCO to CLT to TPA
    Orlando International to Charlotte Douglas International to Tampa International
  10. MCO to DTW to TPA
    Orlando International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Tampa International
  11. MCO to BOS to TPA
    Orlando International to Logan International to Tampa International
  12. MCO to DEN to TPA
    Orlando International to Denver International to Tampa International
  13. MCO to LGA to TPA
    Orlando International to LaGuardia to Tampa International
  14. MCO to MIA to TPA
    Orlando International to Miami International to Tampa International
  15. MCO to SJU to TPA
    Orlando International to Luis Munoz Marin International to Tampa International
  16. MCO to IAH to TPA
    Orlando International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Tampa International
  17. MCO to MDW to TPA
    Orlando International to Chicago Midway International to Tampa International
  18. MCO to MSP to TPA
    Orlando International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Tampa International
  19. MCO to LAX to TPA
    Orlando International to Los Angeles International to Tampa International
  20. MCO to BDL to TPA
    Orlando International to Bradley International to Tampa International
  21. MCO to FLL to TPA
    Orlando International to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Tampa International
  22. MCO to IAD to TPA
    Orlando International to Washington Dulles International to Tampa International
  23. MCO to BNA to TPA
    Orlando International to Nashville International to Tampa International
  24. MCO to PVD to TPA
    Orlando International to Theodore Francis Green State to Tampa International
  25. MCO to STL to TPA
    Orlando International to Lambert-St. Louis International to Tampa International
  26. MCO to PHX to TPA
    Orlando International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Tampa International
  27. MCO to HOU to TPA
    Orlando International to William P Hobby to Tampa International
  28. MCO to PIT to TPA
    Orlando International to Pittsburgh International to Tampa International
  29. MCO to IND to TPA
    Orlando International to Indianapolis International to Tampa International
  30. MCO to BUF to TPA
    Orlando International to Buffalo Niagara International to Tampa International
  31. MCO to MSY to TPA
    Orlando International to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Tampa International
  32. MCO to MKE to TPA
    Orlando International to General Mitchell International to Tampa International
  33. MCO to CMH to TPA
    Orlando International to Port Columbus International to Tampa International
  34. MCO to RDU to TPA
    Orlando International to Raleigh-Durham International to Tampa International
  35. MCO to CLE to TPA
    Orlando International to Cleveland-Hopkins International to Tampa International
  36. MCO to LAS to TPA
    Orlando International to McCarran International to Tampa International
  37. MCO to DAL to TPA
    Orlando International to Dallas Love Field to Tampa International
  38. MCO to MCI to TPA
    Orlando International to Kansas City International to Tampa International
  39. MCO to ALB to TPA
    Orlando International to Albany International to Tampa International
  40. MCO to AUS to TPA
    Orlando International to Austin - Bergstrom International to Tampa International
  41. MCO to CVG to TPA
    Orlando International to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International to Tampa International
  42. MCO to ISP to TPA
    Orlando International to Long Island MacArthur to Tampa International
  43. MCO to HPN to TPA
    Orlando International to Westchester County to Tampa International
  44. MCO to MHT to TPA
    Orlando International to Manchester-Boston Regional to Tampa International
  45. MCO to BHM to TPA
    Orlando International to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International to Tampa International
  46. MCO to SFO to TPA
    Orlando International to San Francisco International to Tampa International
  47. MCO to SEA to TPA
    Orlando International to Seattle/Tacoma International to Tampa International
  48. MCO to ACY to TPA
    Orlando International to Atlantic City International to Tampa International
  49. MCO to ROC to TPA
    Orlando International to Greater Rochester International to Tampa International
  50. MCO to MEM to TPA
    Orlando International to Memphis International to Tampa International
  51. MCO to SDF to TPA
    Orlando International to Louisville International-Standiford Field to Tampa International
  52. MCO to SAT to TPA
    Orlando International to San Antonio International to Tampa International
  53. MCO to TTN to TPA
    Orlando International to Trenton Mercer to Tampa International
  54. MCO to GRR to TPA
    Orlando International to Gerald R. Ford International to Tampa International
  55. MCO to CAK to TPA
    Orlando International to Akron-Canton Regional to Tampa International
  56. MCO to LBE to TPA
    Orlando International to Arnold Palmer Regional to Tampa International
  57. MCO to FNT to TPA
    Orlando International to Bishop International to Tampa International
  58. ORL to YYZ to TPA
    Executive to Lester B. Pearson International to Tampa International
  59. MCO to DAY to TPA
    Orlando International to James M Cox/Dayton International to Tampa International
  60. ORL to YUL to TPA
    Executive to Pierre Elliott Trudeau International to Tampa International
  61. ORL to NAS to TPA
    Executive to Lynden Pindling International to Tampa International
  62. ORL to BIM to TPA
    Executive to Bimini International to Tampa International
  63. ORL to AUA to TPA
    Executive to Reina Beatrix International to Tampa International




Airlines that fly to Tampa

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)




Plan a trip to Tampa

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Tampa, Florida. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Tampa. Trippy has an entire Q&A community where you can post questions and get answers from expert travelers or locals who know the area. For instance, you might be interested in the answers to this question: Getting to Disney World from Tampa. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Columbia Restaurant. A great place to eat might be Ulele. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Tampa like International Plaza and Bay Street. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Tampa like Best new restaurants in Tampa? Click the button below to explore Tampa 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 Tampa 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 Tampa road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Orlando to Tampa?

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 77 miles
flight time of 39 minutes
131 Orlando travel answers
54 Tampa travel answers

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Tampa Airports
  1. Tampa International Airport
  2. St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport
  3. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport



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