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
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.
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:
Based on these statistical results, we chose Thursday for the flight itinerary above.
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:
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:
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.
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!