The flight time from Philadelphia to Boston is 1 hour, 19 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves PHL Philadelphia, PA 5 minutes early.
19 minutes taxiing out
51 minutes in the air
7 minutes taxiing in
Arrives BOS Boston, MA 9 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Philadelphia to Boston is 1 hour, 19 minutes. The time spent in the air is 51 minutes.

The flight distance from Philadelphia to Boston is 280 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Boston to Philadelphia
1 hour, 29 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

1h 16m
1h 18m
1h 24m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



280 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Philadelphia from Boston by plane?

The distance from Philadelphia to Boston by plane is 280 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Philadelphia to Boston?

The flight time from Philadelphia to Boston is 1 hour, 19 minutes. The time spent in the air is 51 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with JetBlue being the fastest taking 1 hour, 16 minutes, and Delta the slowest taking 1 hour, 24 minutes.

What airlines fly from Philadelphia to Boston?

Delta, American, and JetBlue are the airlines with direct flights from Philadelphia to Boston.

Does Southwest fly from Philadelphia to Boston?

Southwest does not fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Boston (BOS). Keep in mind that Southwest may fly to other nearby airports, as they will often fly into smaller airpors instead of larger ones. This is because the costs are often lower to fly into smaller airports, and they pass the savings on to you.

Tables and Explanations

Data Source

Our information is computed from the latest available data from the US Department of Transportation.

Average Timeline Timeline Chart

The average timeline contains the median time a flight spends in 3 stages. The first of these three stages is taxiing out which includes the time from the flight leaving the gate to taking off. The second stage is in the air, which includes the time spent from the flight leaving the ground to touching back down at the end of it's journey. The last stage is taxiing in, which is from when the flight touches down to the flight arriving at it's gate.

The average timeline also estimates on average of when the flight will leave and arrive relative to it's stated departure time.

Leaves Philadelphia 5 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 19 minutes
In the Air 51 minutes
Taxiing In 7 minutes
Arrives Boston 9 minutes early

Flight Reliability Reliability Chart

The reliability of an airline measures how often the airline's flights on this route are cancelled or delayed more than 20 minutes. For example, from Philadelphia to Boston, American is 79% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 79% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
American 79% 18% 3%
Delta 79% 18% 3%
JetBlue 75% 23% 2%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Philadelphia and Boston, this is due to different operational factors on the ground, as well as scheduling of planes. Each airline's flight time is split into three stages which are described above in the "Average Timeline" section. There are also miscellaneous operational issues which are included in the below total but are not accounted for in one of the three stages.

Airline Taxiing Out
In the Air
Taxiing In
JetBlue 17 50 6 76
American 19 51 7 78
Delta 19 51 10 84

Flights By Time of Day Flight Time By Day Chart

This one is pretty self explanatory, it represents the number of flights that leave the gate in a given hour of the day. The tricky thing here is that this is normally not a whole number since it is an average over 52 weeks. Partial numbers may indicate that a flight may be seasonal or may take off at different times due to different operational factors.

Time Count
8am 1.69
9pm 0.91
4pm 1.19
2pm 0.93
3pm 1.28
10am 2.28
11am 0.55
1pm 1.36
6am 1.24
8pm 1.36
7am 1.1
5am 0.64
9am 1.62
6pm 1.27
7pm 0.59
0am 0
10pm 0.01
11pm 0.01
12pm 1.26
5pm 1.26

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Philadelphia to Boston that take off in a given month of the year. This number changes because some flights are seasonal, and almost all flights have uneven demand througout the year.

Month Count
January 612
February 539
March 638
April 632
May 644
June 654
July 672
August 709
September 641
October 673
November 656
December 636

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Philadelphia to Boston that take off on a given day of the week. Some routes only have enough demand to sustain a few trips a week, while others have many flights a day. This number is also an average across the year, and hence may not be a whole number.

Day Count
Monday 23.17
Tuesday 22.65
Wednesday 22.33
Thursday 23.17
Friday 23.29
Saturday 12.71
Sunday 20.87

Flight per Airline (per Week) Flights By Airline Chart

How many times an airline flies this route in a week. Different factors play into how often a carrier chooses to fly a given route including it's need to connect disparate routes, and demand.

Airline Flights per Week
American 1
JetBlue 1
Delta 1

Flight Time By Time of Day Flight Time by Time of Day Chart

The total flight time varies by each hour of the day due to factors such as airport traffic. More flights leaving an airport may cause higher taxi in or taxi out times. See the description of the average timeline above for a deeper discussion of each of these times.

Time Taxi Out
In the Air
Taxi In
8am 27 50 8 87
9pm 20 52 7 79
4pm 19 51 9 84
2pm 15 49 8 74
3pm 19 50 8 79
10am 20 49 6 78
11am 16 50 10 79
1pm 16 50 8 78
6am 17 50 10 78
8pm 17 52 7 77
7am 15 50 6 73
5am 15 48 6 72
9am 20 50 6 79
6pm 23 52 7 85
7pm 17 52 6 76
0am 17 46 8 71
10pm 12 53 3 69
11pm 12 45 7 64
12pm 17 50 7 76
5pm 18 52 8 80
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.