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Travel time from Pittsburgh to Vail


Pittsburgh to Vail airports and flights

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


Friday, 4:41 am:  start in Pittsburgh
drive for about 39 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 6:15 am at the latest

5:20 am:  Pittsburgh International (PIT)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 6:45 am

5:50 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

6:50 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

7:20 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

7:35 am:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:45 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 13 minutes

7:58 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

8:13 am:  wheels up! take-off from PIT
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

9:32 am:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is the same time as Pittsburgh, PA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

9:39 am:  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

10:10 am:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 31 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

10:25 am:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:35 am:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:51 am:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 3 hours in the air

12:03 pm (local time):  Eagle County Regional (EGE)
Vail is 2 hours behind Pittsburgh
so the time in Pittsburgh is actually 2:03 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

12:07 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at EGE
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 1.5 hours to your destination

1:34 pm (local time):  arrive in Vail

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from PIT to EGE and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Pittsburgh to Vail including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 7 hours

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Flying non-stop from Pittsburgh to Vail

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

Flight distance: 1,395 miles or 2245 km

Flight time: 3 hours, 17 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 10 hours, 53 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3.6x faster, and saves you about 8 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.


Vail Airports
  1. Eagle County Regional Airport


Best day of the week to fly to Vail

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from PIT to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to EGE, 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 Friday for the flight itinerary above.



Alternate flights from Pittsburgh to Vail

The most common route is PIT to ATL, then connecting to EGE, 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. PIT to ATL to EGE
    Pittsburgh International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Eagle County Regional
  2. PIT to ORD to EGE
    Pittsburgh International to Chicago O'Hare International to Eagle County Regional
  3. PIT to DFW to EGE
    Pittsburgh International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Eagle County Regional
  4. PIT to DEN to EGE
    Pittsburgh International to Denver International to Eagle County Regional
  5. PIT to PHX to EGE
    Pittsburgh International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Eagle County Regional
  6. PIT to LAX to EGE
    Pittsburgh International to Los Angeles International to Eagle County Regional
  7. PIT to IAH to EGE
    Pittsburgh International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Eagle County Regional
  8. PIT to EWR to EGE
    Pittsburgh International to Newark Liberty International to Eagle County Regional
  9. PIT to JFK to EGE
    Pittsburgh International to John F. Kennedy International to Eagle County Regional
  10. AGC to YYZ to EGE
    Allegheny County to Lester B. Pearson International to Eagle County Regional


Airlines that fly to Vail

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)


Plan a trip to Vail

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Vail, Colorado. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Vail. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Vail Ski Resort. A great place to eat might be Minturn Saloon. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Vail like Outlet for ski clothing? Click the button below to explore Vail 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 Vail to Pittsburgh, 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 Pittsburgh to Vail road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Pittsburgh to Vail?

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






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,395 miles
flight time of 3 hours, 17 minutes
Vail is 2 hours behind Pittsburgh
31 Pittsburgh travel answers
52 Vail travel answers










   
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