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Travel time from Philadelphia to Buffalo


Philadelphia to Buffalo airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Philadelphia to Buffalo? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Buffalo, 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, 2:53 pm:  start in Philadelphia
drive for about 22 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 4:10 pm at the latest

3:15 pm:  Philadelphia International (PHL)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 4:40 pm

3:45 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

4:45 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

5:15 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

5:30 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

5:40 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 15 minutes

5:55 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 21 minutes to taxi to the runway

6:16 pm:  wheels up! take-off from PHL
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

7:57 pm:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is the same time as Philadelphia, PA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

8:04 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

8:41 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 37 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

8:56 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

9:06 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 6 minutes

9:12 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

9:28 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

11:04 pm (local time):  Buffalo Niagara International (BUF)
Buffalo is the same time as Philadelphia
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

11:10 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at BUF
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

11:35 pm (local time):  arrive in Buffalo

Total travel time: 9 hours

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Flying non-stop from Philadelphia to Buffalo

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

Flight distance: 280 miles or 450 km

Flight time: 49 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 8 hours, 42 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 7.7x faster, and saves you about 7.5 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.


Buffalo Airports
  1. Buffalo Niagara International Airport
  2. Niagara Falls International Airport


Best day of the week to fly to Buffalo

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from PHL to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to BUF, 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 Philadelphia to Buffalo

The most common route is PHL to ATL, then connecting to BUF, 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. PHL to ATL to BUF
    Philadelphia International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Buffalo Niagara International
  2. PHL to MCO to BUF
    Philadelphia International to Orlando International to Buffalo Niagara International
  3. PHL to BOS to BUF
    Philadelphia International to Logan International to Buffalo Niagara International
  4. PHL to ORD to BUF
    Philadelphia International to Chicago O'Hare International to Buffalo Niagara International
  5. PHL to CLT to BUF
    Philadelphia International to Charlotte Douglas International to Buffalo Niagara International
  6. PHL to FLL to BUF
    Philadelphia International to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Buffalo Niagara International
  7. PHL to TPA to BUF
    Philadelphia International to Tampa International to Buffalo Niagara International
  8. PHL to DTW to BUF
    Philadelphia International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Buffalo Niagara International
  9. PHL to PHX to BUF
    Philadelphia International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Buffalo Niagara International
  10. PHL to MDW to BUF
    Philadelphia International to Chicago Midway International to Buffalo Niagara International
  11. PHL to LAX to BUF
    Philadelphia International to Los Angeles International to Buffalo Niagara International
  12. PHL to LAS to BUF
    Philadelphia International to McCarran International to Buffalo Niagara International
  13. PHL to MSP to BUF
    Philadelphia International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Buffalo Niagara International
  14. PHL to RSW to BUF
    Philadelphia International to Southwest Florida International to Buffalo Niagara International
  15. PHL to LGA to BUF
    Philadelphia International to LaGuardia to Buffalo Niagara International


Airlines that fly to Buffalo

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. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  3. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  4. Spirit Air Lines (NK)
  5. Frontier Airlines Inc. (F9)


Plan a trip to Buffalo

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Buffalo, New York. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Buffalo. A great place to eat might be Anchor Bar. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Buffalo like What is your favorite restaurant in Buffalo (New York)? Click the button below to explore Buffalo 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 Buffalo to Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia to Buffalo road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Philadelphia to Buffalo?

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






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 280 miles
flight time of 49 minutes
122 Philadelphia travel answers
26 Buffalo travel answers










   
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