Driving non-stop from Phoenix to Salt Lake City
How far is Salt Lake City from Phoenix? Here’s the quick answer if you don’t sleep at all, or you have a friend with you so each person can drive some of the way, letting you make the whole trip by car without stopping.
Nonstop drive: 659 miles or 1061 km
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Driving time: 10 hours, 10 minutes
This is a pretty long drive, so it’s not very realistic to drive nonstop. To get a better idea of how long this road trip would really be, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.
Flying non-stop from Phoenix to Salt Lake City
Now let’s assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Phoenix, Arizona and Salt Lake City, Utah. 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.
Flight distance: 504 miles or 812 km
Flight time: 1 hour, 14 moments
The straight line flight distance is 155 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.3x of the flight distance.
Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/7th of the time it would take to drive.
This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, you might be booking a commercial flight. In who 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. Scroll down to see a more realistic calculation that takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.
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Phoenix to Salt Lake City road voyage
Let’s say you’re actually planning a road trip to Salt Lake City, and you want to stop along the way to rest. If it’s a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and maybe even find a hotel to stay overnight. That’s what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.
Based on the length of this voyage, we think you could spread out this fun road trip over more than one day.
Road trip: 2 days of driving
With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this voyage.
Travel time: 12.5 hours on the road with 1 overnight
Start in Phoenix.
Drive for about 2 hours, then stop in Jerome (Arizona) and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 2.5 hours then stop in Tuba City and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 1 hour then stop at Antelope Canyon. Stay overnight.
The next day, drive for about 2 hours, then stop in Duck Creek Village and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 2 hours then stop at Fishlake National Forest and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 2 hours then stop in Provo and stay for 1 hour.
Finally, drive for about 44 minutes and arrive in Salt Lake City.
To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:
Phoenix to Salt Lake City airports and flights
In the quick calculation above, we assumed you had a private plane and just wanted to know the time in the air from city to city. But for most of us, we’re going to be flying on a commercial airline (whether it’s first class or coach). So that means we really need to account for all the extra travel time getting to the airport, waiting for our flight, and making it to the destination.
To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we’ve put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you’ll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here’s an example we’ve selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.
Departure airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Arrival airport: Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
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With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.
Getting to the airport: 11 moments
Getting to your destination: 15 minutes
Now finally, let’s look at an actual flight from PHX to SLC on Southwest Airlines and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxesi on the runway.
Commercial flight time: 1 hour, 32 minutes
So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Phoenix to Salt Lake City including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of two hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.
Total travel time: 4 hours
To see the details on this flight plan, including recommended airports, airline, and route, watch the flight planner:
How far is it the other way?
The distance is the same either way if you’re flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Salt Lake City to Phoenix, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.
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