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Travel time from Philadelphia to Pigeon Forge



Philadelphia to Pigeon Forge airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Philadelphia to Pigeon Forge? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Pigeon Forge, 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, 7:29 am:  start in Philadelphia
drive for about 21 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 8:45 am at the latest

7:50 am:  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 9:15 am

8:20 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

9:20 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

9:50 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

10:05 am:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:15 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 25 minutes

10:40 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 22 minutes to taxi to the runway

11:02 am:  wheels up! take-off from PHL
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

12:44 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

12:51 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

1:15 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 24 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

1:30 pm:  board ExpressJet Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

1:40 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 20 minutes

2:00 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

2:15 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 31 minutes in the air

2:46 pm (local time):  McGhee Tyson (TYS)
Pigeon Forge is the same time as Philadelphia
taxi on the runway for an average of 3 minutes to the gate

2:49 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at TYS
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 1 hour to your destination

4:03 pm (local time):  arrive in Pigeon Forge

Total travel time: 9 hours




Flying non-stop from Philadelphia to Pigeon Forge

How far is Pigeon Forge 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: 541 miles or 870 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 35 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, 34 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 8.6x 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. 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 Pigeon Forge

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from PHL to ATL, and connecting flights on ExpressJet Airlines Inc. from ATL to TYS, 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 Pigeon Forge

The most common route is PHL to ATL, then connecting to TYS, 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 TYS
    Philadelphia International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to McGhee Tyson
  2. PHL to ORD to TYS
    Philadelphia International to Chicago O'Hare International to McGhee Tyson
  3. PHL to DFW to TYS
    Philadelphia International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to McGhee Tyson
  4. PHL to CLT to TYS
    Philadelphia International to Charlotte Douglas International to McGhee Tyson
  5. PHL to DEN to TYS
    Philadelphia International to Denver International to McGhee Tyson
  6. PHL to DTW to TYS
    Philadelphia International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to McGhee Tyson
  7. PHL to IAH to TYS
    Philadelphia International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to McGhee Tyson
  8. PHL to LGA to TYS
    Philadelphia International to LaGuardia to McGhee Tyson




Airlines that fly to Pigeon Forge

We picked Delta Air Lines Inc. for your main flight, and ExpressJet Airlines 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)
  6. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)
  7. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)




Plan a trip to Pigeon Forge

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Pigeon Forge. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Pigeon Forge like Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Pigeon Forge like what is here to do there besides Dollywood. Click the button below to explore Pigeon Forge 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 Pigeon Forge 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 Pigeon Forge road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Philadelphia to Pigeon Forge?

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 541 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 35 minutes
100 Philadelphia travel answers
16 Pigeon Forge travel answers

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Pigeon Forge Airports
  1. McGhee Tyson Airport



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