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Travel time from Tucson to El Paso


Tucson to El Paso airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Tucson to El Paso? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach El Paso, 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, 12:18 pm:  start in Tucson
drive for about 22 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 1:35 pm at the latest

12:40 pm:  Tucson International (TUS)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 2:05 pm

1:10 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

2:10 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

2:40 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

2:55 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

3:05 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
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

3:21 pm:  wheels up! take-off from TUS
fly for about 1 hour in the air

4:36 pm:  Los Angeles International (LAX)
Los Angeles, CA is the same time as Tucson, AZ
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 9 minutes to the gate

4:45 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

7:00 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 2 hours, 15 minutes

7:15 pm:  board Southwest Airlines Co. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:25 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 89 minutes

8:54 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

9:10 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

11:38 pm (local time):  El Paso International (ELP)
El Paso is 1 hour ahead of Tucson
so the time in Tucson is actually 10:38 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

11:43 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at ELP
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

Friday, 12:05 am (local time):  arrive in El Paso

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from TUS to ELP 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 Tucson to El Paso 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: 4 hours

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Flying non-stop from Tucson to El Paso

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

Flight distance: 263 miles or 423 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 2 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, 47 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 10.8x faster, and saves you about 10 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.


El Paso Airports
  1. Abraham González International Airport
  2. El Paso International Airport


Best day of the week to fly to El Paso

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from TUS to LAX, and connecting flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from LAX to ELP, 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 Tucson to El Paso

The most common route is TUS to LAX, then connecting to ELP, 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. TUS to LAX to ELP
    Tucson International to Los Angeles International to El Paso International
  2. TUS to DFW to ELP
    Tucson International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to El Paso International
  3. TUS to DEN to ELP
    Tucson International to Denver International to El Paso International
  4. TUS to IAH to ELP
    Tucson International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to El Paso International
  5. TUS to PHX to ELP
    Tucson International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to El Paso International
  6. TUS to LAS to ELP
    Tucson International to McCarran International to El Paso International
  7. TUS to ATL to ELP
    Tucson International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to El Paso International
  8. TUS to ORD to ELP
    Tucson International to Chicago O'Hare International to El Paso International
  9. TUS to HOU to ELP
    Tucson International to William P Hobby to El Paso International
  10. AVW to YYZ to ELP
    Marana Regional to Lester B. Pearson International to El Paso International
  11. TUS to YYC to BIF
    Tucson International to Calgary International to Biggs AAF


Airlines that fly to El Paso

We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. 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. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  2. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)


Plan a trip to El Paso

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to El Paso, Texas. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in El Paso. Check out some of the questions people have asked about El Paso like Best free things to do in El Paso? Click the button below to explore El Paso 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 El Paso to Tucson, 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 Tucson to El Paso road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Tucson to El Paso?

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






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 263 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 2 minutes
El Paso is 1 hour ahead of Tucson
62 Tucson travel answers
36 El Paso travel answers










   
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