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Travel time from Tucson to Nashville

Tucson to Nashville airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Tucson to Nashville? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Nashville, 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, 7:31 am:  start in Tucson
drive for about 21 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 8:47 am at the latest

7:52 am:  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 9:17 am

8:22 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

9:22 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

9:52 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

10:07 am:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:17 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 12 minutes

10:29 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:45 am:  wheels up! take-off from TUS
fly for about 1 hour in the air

10:57 am (local time):  Los Angeles International (LAX)
Los Angeles, CA is 1 hour behind Tucson, AZ
so the time in Tucson is actually 11:57 am
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 9 minutes to the gate

11:06 am (local time):  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

12:40 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 94 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

12:55 pm (local time):  board Southwest Airlines Co. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

1:05 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 28 minutes

1:33 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

1:51 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from DFW
fly for about 3.5 hours in the air

8:11 pm (local time):  Nashville International (BNA)
Nashville is 2 hours ahead of Tucson
so the time in Tucson is actually 6:11 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

8:18 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at BNA
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 19 minutes to your destination

8:37 pm (local time):  arrive in Nashville

Total travel time: 11 hours

Flying non-stop from Tucson to Nashville

How far is Nashville 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: 1,405 miles or 2262 km

Flight time: 3 hours, 19 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 11 hours, 6 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3.7x 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. 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.

Best day of the week to fly to Nashville

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from TUS to LAX, and connecting flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from LAX to BNA, 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 Nashville

The most common route is TUS to LAX, then connecting to BNA, 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 BNA
    Tucson International to Los Angeles International to Nashville International
  2. TUS to DFW to BNA
    Tucson International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Nashville International
  3. TUS to DEN to BNA
    Tucson International to Denver International to Nashville International
  4. TUS to ATL to BNA
    Tucson International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Nashville International
  5. TUS to ORD to BNA
    Tucson International to Chicago O'Hare International to Nashville International
  6. TUS to MDW to BNA
    Tucson International to Chicago Midway International to Nashville International
  7. TUS to LAS to BNA
    Tucson International to McCarran International to Nashville International
  8. TUS to IAH to BNA
    Tucson International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Nashville International
  9. TUS to PHX to BNA
    Tucson International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Nashville International
  10. TUS to HOU to BNA
    Tucson International to William P Hobby to Nashville International
  11. TUS to SAN to BNA
    Tucson International to San Diego International to Nashville International
  12. TUS to SFO to BNA
    Tucson International to San Francisco International to Nashville International
  13. TUS to MSP to BNA
    Tucson International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Nashville International
  14. TUS to SLC to BNA
    Tucson International to Salt Lake City International to Nashville International
  15. TUS to SEA to BNA
    Tucson International to Seattle/Tacoma International to Nashville International
  16. TUS to OAK to BNA
    Tucson International to Metropolitan Oakland International to Nashville International
  17. TUS to JFK to BNA
    Tucson International to John F. Kennedy International to Nashville International
  18. AVW to YYZ to BNA
    Marana Regional to Lester B. Pearson International to Nashville International
  19. AVW to YUL to BNA
    Marana Regional to Pierre Elliott Trudeau International to Nashville International
  20. DMA to YQX to BNA
    Davis Monthan AFB to Gander International to Nashville International

Airlines that fly to Nashville

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)
  3. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  4. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)

Plan a trip to Nashville

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Nashville, Tennessee. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Nashville. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Gaylord Opryland Resort. A great place to eat might be Bluebird Cafe. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Nashville like Grand Ole Opry. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Nashville like Nearby small towns or outdoor areas? Click the button below to explore Nashville 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 Nashville 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 Nashville road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Tucson to Nashville?

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,405 miles
flight time of 3 hours, 19 minutes
Nashville is 2 hours ahead of Tucson
44 Tucson travel answers
147 Nashville travel answers


Nashville Airports
  1. Nashville International Airport

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