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Travel time from Portland to Bend

Portland to Bend airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Portland to Bend? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Bend, 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, 7:17 am:  start in Portland
drive for about 18 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 8:30 am at the latest

7:35 am:  Portland International (PDX)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 9:00 am

8:05 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

9:05 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

9:35 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

9:50 am:  board United Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:00 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 26 minutes

10:26 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 14 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:40 am:  wheels up! take-off from PDX
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

12:07 pm:  San Francisco International (SFO)
San Francisco, CA is the same time as Portland, OR
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 8 minutes to the gate

12:15 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

12:45 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 30 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

1:00 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

1:10 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 26 minutes

1:36 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 27 minutes to taxi to the runway

2:03 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 1 hour in the air

3:13 pm (local time):  Roberts Field (RDM)
Bend is the same time as Portland
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

3:17 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at RDM
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 47 minutes to your destination

4:04 pm (local time):  arrive in Bend

Total travel time: 9 hours

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Flying non-stop from Portland to Bend

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

Flight distance: 121 miles or 195 km

Flight time: 30 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, 47 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 12.7x 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.

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.

Bend Airports
  1. Roberts Field

Best day of the week to fly to Bend

Looking at flights on United Air Lines Inc. from PDX to SFO, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from SFO to RDM, 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 Portland to Bend

The most common route is PDX to SFO, then connecting to RDM, 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. PDX to SFO to RDM
    Portland International to San Francisco International to Roberts Field
  2. PDX to LAX to RDM
    Portland International to Los Angeles International to Roberts Field
  3. PDX to DEN to RDM
    Portland International to Denver International to Roberts Field
  4. PDX to PHX to RDM
    Portland International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Roberts Field
  5. PDX to SLC to RDM
    Portland International to Salt Lake City International to Roberts Field

Airlines that fly to Bend

We picked United Air Lines Inc. for your main flight, and SkyWest 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. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  2. Alaska Airlines Inc. (AS)
  3. Virgin America (VX)
  4. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)

Plan a trip to Bend

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Bend, Oregon. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Bend. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out McMenamins Old St. Francis School. A great place to eat might be Jackson's Corner. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Bend like Crux Fermentation Project. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Bend like Places to visit near Bend, OR? Click the button below to explore Bend 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 Bend to Portland, 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 to Bend road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Portland to Bend?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 121 miles
flight time of 30 minutes
246 Portland travel answers
24 Bend travel answers

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