How long does it really take to fly from Vancouver to Calgary? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Calgary, 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.
Tuesday, 3:21 pm: start in Vancouver
drive for about 14 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 4:30 pm at the latest
3:35 pm: Vancouver International (YVR)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 5:00 pm
4:05 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
5:05 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
5:35 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
5:50 pm: board Air Canada flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
6:00 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 15 minutes to taxi to the runway
6:15 pm: wheels up! take-off from YVR
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air
8:36 pm (local time): Calgary International (YYC)
Calgary is 1 hour ahead of Vancouver
so the time in Vancouver is actually 7:36 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate
8:51 pm (local time): arrive at the gate at YYC
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 10 minutes to your destination
9:01 pm (local time): arrive in Calgary
Total travel time: 5 hours
How far is Calgary from Vancouver? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.
Flight distance: 421 miles or 677 km
Flight time: 1 hour, 21 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 4 hours, 40 minutes.
Flying private is roughly 4.7x faster, and saves you about 3.5 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.
The most common route is YVR to YYC, 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 Air Canada for your main 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 Calgary, Alberta. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Calgary. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Hotel Arts. A great place to eat might be Calgary Tower. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Calgary like Calgary Stampede. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Calgary like What is your favorite restaurant in Calgary? Click the button below to explore Calgary 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 Calgary to Vancouver, 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 Vancouver to Calgary road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Vancouver to Calgary?
If you happen to know Vancouver, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Vancouver!