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Your Drive Vs. Fly Threshold?  
User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2064 times:

Just wondering, how long does a trip need to be for you to decide to fly instead of drive (or take the train, if you live in an area with good train service)?

For me, the threshold is right around 7 hours by car - farther than that I'll fly, closer than that I'll drive. I live in Indianapolis, which only has nonstop flights to a couple dozen or so destinations, btw.

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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2052 times:

Call me crazy, drive time 2 hour max, end of story. Having said that I've been on flights that I could have driven round trip in less time that the flight took with weather delays etc,. but still 2 hours is tops.


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2017 times:

Anything over 5 hours for me and I'll fly over driving.


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User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3589 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1997 times:

5-7 hours depending on circumstances.

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7762 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1973 times:

4-5 hours max. Less if there is direct n/s service.

With some destinations that are right on the edge of the fly/drive zone, then price will be my first consideration, then the value of my time/time of year will be the other. I am more willing to drive in the summertime vs. the winter.



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User currently offlineBoomBoom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1973 times:

Depends on how long it takes to fly. A 345 mile trip that normally takes 6 hours driving took 8 flying. Arrive at the airport an hour early, make a connection in another city, get from the airport to my final destination. Flying can be exhausting!

And if you drive you don't have to rent a car at the airport.

[Edited 2006-07-05 17:08:06]

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13042 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1973 times:

I live in Northern New Jersey and work in NYC. For Phildelphia, Baltimore and similar locations along the Amtrak for work, I would use the train. If to DC from NYC, then fly the shuttle. Unless the location would be difficult to reach by a nearby airport, and about less than a 5 hour drive, then it's flying time.

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11617 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1878 times:

I work out most of my journeys like this;

up to 2 miles:- Walk.
2-20 miles:- Bike.
20-100 miles:- Bus or car.
100-150 miles:- Train or bus.
over 150 miles:- Fly.

I live in the Southwest of England, its a nuisance to get in and out of - the trains are slow and bumpy due to the line and its often closed, the roads take forever and even flying sometimes is difficult due to weather conditions. For the most part though, its cheaper to fly anything more than about 150 miles.

Dan Smile



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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1869 times:

I'm about 5 to 7 hours, depending on factors. For example, I can drive from OC to Las Vegas in about 4.5 to 5 hours on a good day, but with the current roadworks on the 15 freeway, it's more like a 6 to 8 hour drive. So right now, I elect to fly. Generally speaking though, 7 hours is my absolute max.

Of course, flying is a lot more fun than driving, so I often look for excuses to fly  Smile


User currently offlineCaptainJon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1857 times:

depends...usually 5-7 hours ill drive, especially if i desire to have a car at the destination city. if im going to a city ill just fly, i live in northern new jersey (20-30 mins from EWR), so pretty much further south than DC and further north than boston, and dont ask about points west, i never go to PA...

User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9511 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

I agree that 5-7 hours is the threshold, but it depends on multiple factors. If I am going for just a day, I'll fly so that I don't spend all of that time driving. However for a longer trip, I'm more eager to drive since I'll have my car and the drive isn't as much of a hassle. Another factor is if there are nonstop flights. If I have to make a connection, I could end up taking longer to fly, and I wouldn't want to do that. Also it can depend on whether or not I have to pay for the ticket. I'm more likely to spend someone else's money like my employer's to fly for a showerter trip.

The shortest flight I've taken is IND-ORD. I would have driven but I was only spending one night there and my meeting was at the O'Hare Hilton, so flying made sense.



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User currently offlineFireFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

I really love driving, but also love flying (not airports, but actually taking off, the flight and landing...). Used to think 8 to 10 hours was the cutoff, because of not having my own car in the city I'm visiting.

But with $3+ gallon gas, I just returned yesterday from SEA (a mere 3 hours north of home) and flew on UA. The ticket price was cheaper than gas up and back would have cost. For a deal like that, I can happily justify the expense and inconvenience of a rental against the joy of flight (even on an Embraer 120!).



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

In Alaska . . . well, since we really HAVE to fly most everywhere, it's anything south of FAI and all of the Kenai Peninsula is driven (in the summer usually hauling my camper  biggrin  ).

Everywhere else is by plane.

In the lower 48 - anything less than say 500 miles . . I'll drive - or take Amtrak if it's available.


User currently offlineLordanmol From India, joined May 2005, 441 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1839 times:

We dont have anything like that, its just if only one person is travelling then he is going by the bus/train/air and not the car. If the whole family is going then we prefer to go by car.

We have done 24hr car journeies before, anything more we travel by air



Hmmmmm....
User currently offlineDeltaGuy767 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 660 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1822 times:

For me it depends. I live in Milford CT, right on the CT shore to the West of New Haven. I can hop on a train and be in NYC in less than 1.5 hours, so usually I can get a direct flight anywhere I'm going from JFK/EWR/LGA. Unless it's less than 150 miles, I'll drive. But now if it's on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor BOS-Washington, I'll hop on the Acela. If I'm going to an area in N. New England (Distance/No major airports) I'll rent a Cessna and fly myself there.


Cheers from BDL,  wave 
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User currently offlineOutlier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1819 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 12):
In Alaska . . . well, since we really HAVE to fly most everywhere, it's anything south of FAI and all of the Kenai Peninsula is driven.

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User currently offlineVatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 954 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1814 times:

If I can drive it in a day, then the deciding factor is "How much will the rental car cost me if I fly?" If I'm going to be at my destination a long time, renting a car there might not be feasible. Like my recent 10-day trip to Florida... I could afford the flight and the hotel for that many days but renting a car in Florida is exhorbitant to say the least... 10 days of a car rental would have cost more than the flight and hotel combined! So I decided to drive.


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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1810 times:

Depends on many things...time of year, cost, personal vs. business. A good example would be that I will drive to my parents' house in the Winston-Salem area which 5.5 hours from ATL but I flew every week to a client engagement in Greensboro/Burlington area of NC which is only 30 miles or so farther East of Winston.


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User currently offlineJeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1810 times:

Man, I'd fly from my house to downtown if I could(about 10 miles).
I can't stand being out on the road!



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User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2044 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1802 times:

Hmm.. up to 500 ft. I walk - Then I get to a busy road with no sidewalk. (At work I get to walk longer distances though, and I do walk through town, but I have to get there by car/bike.)
Up to 27 miles, I drive, then I run out of island.
Anything else is either by boat or by plane for me.



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User currently offlineJeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1799 times:

If it's a 6 hour drive or less I go by car. Anything more than that and I'm hopping on the plane. Also depends on whether we need the car at our destination city.


C'mon Big B, FLY!
User currently offlineBoeingATL From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1793 times:

For me 6 hrs is pushing it. . . but it also depends on routing. 6 hrs when it's mostly bogged in traffic is a nightmare. However, 6 hrs on nice flowing roads in my German sedan can be invigorating.

Also, flying transcontinental or international can be cheaper than 250 miles from ATL, depending on the market.



boeingATL
User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1771 times:

Quoting Chase (Thread starter):
Just wondering, how long does a trip need to be for you to decide to fly instead of drive

I would prefer to fly anytime!  Wink I love to drive, but nothing beats an airplane...

But I would say about four to five hours or so. It depends on a number of things: cost of driving vs flying, but also road conditions. While I love to drive in Germany, I would much rather fly in Turkey, for example.

I made a couple of long trips by car, the most being about 3000 kms from Holland to Turkey spread over three days. But there is a big difference between 3 days by car and 3 hours by plane!


User currently offlineHighFlyer9790 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1734 times:

Call me stupid, but if there is an available flight to where i'm going, ill fly. but usually there is no flight to grandma's house...lol (about 2 hrs. away)

[Edited 2006-07-10 03:25:41]


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User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7172 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1728 times:

It depends on how much it costs to fly - some of the shortest flights are the most expensive. Secondly it depends on the type of driving, and where exactly I'm going. New Zealand isn't a big country (slightly larger in size than The UK) so it's pretty easy to drive around. Generally apart from WLG I would drive anywhere
in the North Island.


25 T7ILS13LatJFK : Flying will ALWAYS be my preferred mode of transport, but when required, I will drive/travel up to 5 hours; then will feel the need to be on an airpla
26 EZYAirbus : Different story in the UK with petrol prices rising everyday its cheaper to fly than drive But personally, if my destination had an airport that i cou
27 57AZ : Depends on the trip particulars. Having been a commercial driver, max daily driving time is usually ten hours not counting stops. If I am in an area w
28 AAden : my airport is 40 minutes away when traffics good so anything with any airport after that I will fly if possible.
29 San747 : About 200 miles, or 4 hours. Over that, I will always fly. Actually, I'm trying to figure an itinerary that will test that threshold... I want to visi
30 NZ8800 : Depends a bit. If I have only a day available, I fly to Auckland as it's five hours drive each way. Wellington not quite as bad. If it's a two day tri
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