How long does it really take to fly from Phoenix to Arizona? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Arizona, 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, 7:07 am: start in Phoenix
drive for about 11 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 8:13 am at the latest
7:18 am: Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 8:43 am
7:48 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
8:48 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
9:18 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
9:33 am: board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
9:43 am: this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 29 minutes to taxi to the runway
10:12 am: wheels up! take-off from PHX
fly for about 35 minutes in the air
10:47 am (local time): Yuma MCAS/Yuma International (YUM)
Arizona is the same time as Phoenix
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate
10:51 am (local time): arrive at the gate at YUM
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 10 hours to your destination
8:57 pm (local time): arrive in Arizona
Total travel time: 14 hours
How far is Arizona from Phoenix? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.
Flight distance: 45 miles or 73 km
Flight time: 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 13 hours, 50 minutes.
Flying private is roughly 23.4x faster, and saves you about 13 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.
Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from PHX to YUM, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:
Based on these statistical results, we chose Thursday for the flight itinerary above.
The most common route is PHX to YUM, 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:
We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. 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:
Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Arizona (AZ). Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Arizona. 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: Short road trips from Phoenix?. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Arizona like Family Trip to Arizona: Grand Canyon and What Else? Click the button below to explore Arizona in detail.
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 Arizona to Phoenix, 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 Phoenix to Arizona road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Phoenix to Arizona?
If you happen to know Phoenix, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Phoenix!