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Travel time from Sarasota to Fort Myers



Sarasota to Fort Myers airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Sarasota to Fort Myers? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Fort Myers, 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, 1:48 pm:  start in Sarasota
drive for about 12 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 2:55 pm at the latest

2:00 pm:  Sarasota/Bradenton International (SRQ)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 3:25 pm

2:30 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

3:30 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

4:00 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

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

4:25 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 1 minute

4:26 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 13 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:39 pm:  wheels up! take-off from SRQ
fly for about 1 hour in the air

5:52 pm:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is the same time as Sarasota/Bradenton, FL
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 8 minutes to the gate

6:00 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

6:36 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 36 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

6:51 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:01 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 2 minutes

7:03 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

7:20 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from ATL
fly for about 1 hour in the air

8:35 pm (local time):  Southwest Florida International (RSW)
Fort Myers is the same time as Sarasota
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

8:39 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at RSW
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 31 minutes to your destination

9:09 pm (local time):  arrive in Fort Myers

Total travel time: 7 hours




Flying non-stop from Sarasota to Fort Myers

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

Flight distance: 63 miles or 101 km

Flight time: 38 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 7 hours, 21 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 11.8x faster, and saves you about 6.5 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 Fort Myers

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from SRQ to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to RSW, 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 Sarasota to Fort Myers

The most common route is SRQ to ATL, then connecting to RSW, 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. SRQ to ATL to RSW
    Sarasota/Bradenton International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Southwest Florida International
  2. SRQ to ORD to RSW
    Sarasota/Bradenton International to Chicago O'Hare International to Southwest Florida International
  3. SRQ to BOS to RSW
    Sarasota/Bradenton International to Logan International to Southwest Florida International
  4. SRQ to DTW to RSW
    Sarasota/Bradenton International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Southwest Florida International
  5. SRQ to EWR to RSW
    Sarasota/Bradenton International to Newark Liberty International to Southwest Florida International
  6. SRQ to JFK to RSW
    Sarasota/Bradenton International to John F. Kennedy International to Southwest Florida International
  7. SRQ to LGA to RSW
    Sarasota/Bradenton International to LaGuardia to Southwest Florida International




Airlines that fly to Fort Myers

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)
  3. Spirit Air Lines (NK)




Plan a trip to Fort Myers

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Fort Myers, Florida. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Fort Myers. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Fort Myers like Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Fort Myers like What's the best neighborhood in Fort Myers for a first time visitor? Click the button below to explore Fort Myers 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 Fort Myers to Sarasota, 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 Sarasota to Fort Myers road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Sarasota to Fort Myers?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 63 miles
flight time of 38 minutes
19 Sarasota travel answers
7 Fort Myers travel answers

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Fort Myers Airports
  1. Southwest Florida International Airport
  2. Charlotte County Airport
  3. Naples Municipal Airport



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