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Travel time from Pigeon Forge to Philadelphia



Pigeon Forge to Philadelphia airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Pigeon Forge to Philadelphia? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Philadelphia, 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.


Wednesday, 10:35 am:  start in Pigeon Forge
drive for about 1.5 hours
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 12:45 pm at the latest

11:50 am:  McGhee Tyson (TYS)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 1:15 pm

12:20 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

1:20 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

1:50 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

2:05 pm:  board ExpressJet Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:15 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 12 minutes

2:27 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

2:44 pm:  wheels up! take-off from TYS
fly for about 35 minutes in the air

3:19 pm:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is the same time as Knoxville, TN
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 8 minutes to the gate

3:27 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

4:00 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 33 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

4:15 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:25 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 16 minutes

4:41 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:56 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

6:26 pm (local time):  Philadelphia International (PHL)
Philadelphia is the same time as Pigeon Forge
taxi on the runway for an average of 10 minutes to the gate

6:36 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at PHL
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 22 minutes to your destination

6:58 pm (local time):  arrive in Philadelphia

Total travel time: 8 hours




Flying non-stop from Pigeon Forge to Philadelphia

How far is Philadelphia from Pigeon Forge? 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, 23 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 8.4x 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 Philadelphia

Looking at flights on ExpressJet Airlines Inc. from TYS to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to PHL, 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 Wednesday for the flight itinerary above.




Alternate flights from Pigeon Forge to Philadelphia

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




Airlines that fly to Philadelphia

We picked ExpressJet Airlines 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. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)
  2. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  3. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  4. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  5. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  6. Spirit Air Lines (NK)
  7. Frontier Airlines Inc. (F9)




Plan a trip to Philadelphia

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Philadelphia. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Loews Hotel Philadelphia. A great place to eat might be Reading Terminal Market. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Philadelphia like Philadelphia Museum of Art. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Philadelphia like What is there to do in Philly besides eat cheese steaks? Click the button below to explore Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia to Pigeon Forge, 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 Pigeon Forge to Philadelphia road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Pigeon Forge to Philadelphia?

If you happen to know Pigeon Forge, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about 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
16 Pigeon Forge travel answers
100 Philadelphia travel answers

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Philadelphia Airports
  1. Philadelphia International Airport
  2. Trenton-Mercer Airport
  3. New Castle Air National Guard Base
  4. Atlantic City International Airport



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