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Travel time from Portland (Maine) to Lowell (Massachusetts)

Portland (Maine) to Lowell (Massachusetts) airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Portland (Maine) to Lowell (Massachusetts)? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Lowell (Massachusetts), 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, 2:56 pm:  start in Portland (Maine)
drive for about 9 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 4:00 pm at the latest

3:05 pm:  Portland International Jetport (PWM)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 4:30 pm

3:35 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

4:35 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

5:05 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

5:20 pm:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

5:30 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 6 minutes

5:36 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 9 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:45 pm:  wheels up! take-off from PWM
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

7:01 pm:  Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI)
Baltimore, MD is the same time as Portland, ME
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

7:08 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

7:50 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 42 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

8:05 pm:  board Southwest Airlines Co. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

8:15 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 29 minutes

8:44 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 13 minutes to taxi to the runway

8:57 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from JFK
fly for about 56 minutes in the air

9:53 pm (local time):  Logan International (BOS)
Lowell (Massachusetts) is the same time as Portland (Maine)
taxi on the runway for an average of 8 minutes to the gate

10:01 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at BOS
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

11:14 pm (local time):  arrive in Lowell (Massachusetts)

Total travel time: 8 hours

Flying non-stop from Portland (Maine) to Lowell (Massachusetts)

How far is Lowell (Massachusetts) from Portland (Maine)? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 89 miles or 143 km

Flight time: 41 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, 18 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 12.2x 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.

Best day of the week to fly to Lowell (Massachusetts)

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from PWM to BWI, and connecting flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from BWI to BOS, 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 Portland (Maine) to Lowell (Massachusetts)

The most common route is PWM to BWI, then connecting to BOS, 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. PWM to BWI to BOS
    Portland International Jetport to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Logan International
  2. PWM to ORD to BOS
    Portland International Jetport to Chicago O'Hare International to Logan International
  3. PWM to JFK to BOS
    Portland International Jetport to John F. Kennedy International to Logan International
  4. PWM to LGA to BOS
    Portland International Jetport to LaGuardia to Logan International
  5. PWM to ATL to BOS
    Portland International Jetport to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Logan International
  6. PWM to EWR to BOS
    Portland International Jetport to Newark Liberty International to Logan International
  7. PWM to CLT to BOS
    Portland International Jetport to Charlotte Douglas International to Logan International
  8. PWM to MCO to BOS
    Portland International Jetport to Orlando International to Logan International
  9. PWM to DTW to BOS
    Portland International Jetport to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Logan International

Airlines that fly to Lowell (Massachusetts)

We picked Southwest Airlines Co. for your main flight, and Southwest Airlines Co. 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. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  2. JetBlue Airways (B6)
  3. Spirit Air Lines (NK)

Plan a trip to Lowell (Massachusetts)

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Lowell, Massachusetts. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Lowell (Massachusetts). A great place to eat might be Sarma Restaurant. Click the button below to explore Lowell (Massachusetts) 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 Lowell (Massachusetts) to Portland (Maine), 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 Portland (Maine) to Lowell (Massachusetts) road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Portland (Maine) to Lowell (Massachusetts)?

If you happen to know Portland (Maine), don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Portland (Maine)!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 89 miles
flight time of 41 minutes
43 Portland (Maine) travel answers


Lowell (Massachusetts) Airports
  1. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
  2. Boston Logan International Airport
  3. Worcester Regional Airport
  4. Portsmouth International Airport at Pease

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