Vancouver, British Columbia, June 15, 2019—As a passenger on the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that ferried my husband to and from Vancouver airport last week, I was delighted to see a sign on the door that promised to take me to the nearest US airport within an hour.
But, as a first-time visitor to the US, I also wondered how long it would take for me to arrive.
“Can you please tell me how to get to the airport from here?”
I asked my husband.
“I don’t know how to make a quick stop,” he said.
After a few minutes of back and forth with the pilot, I learned that the MAX plane I saw on the news had already departed the Vancouver airport, and I would have to wait at least an hour to get home.
After waiting a few more minutes in the airport lobby, I finally arrived home.
But how long does it take to get from Vancouver to Washington, DC, and from DC to New York City?
What is the average trip time for a flight from Vancouver, Canada, to New Jersey?
The answer to these questions is, well, not exactly clear.
Travel agencies report that the average domestic flight takes 10 to 15 minutes, with an average international flight taking 15 minutes.
(For some flights, like the Southwest Airlines MAX, the average flight time is longer.)
But in a recent research report from the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), published last week in the Journal of Transportation Research and Development, the airline industry’s official travel journal, the researchers reported that the typical trip time to the United States from Vancouver takes 8.3 hours.
The average trip to New Zealand from Vancouver is about 7.8 hours.
So how long do these times vary?
One thing that’s clear from the research is that the time it takes to get somewhere depends on a number of factors, including how much money you have, where you are, the weather, the length of your trip, and the availability of public transportation.
But it also means that it can take longer for some people to make the trip to and back from the US than others.
“For a lot of people, this is the first time they’re ever going to travel overseas,” says Lisi Hsiang, who conducted the research.
“And for a lot more people, the first trip will be the last trip.
It’s really a question of where you live and where you’re going.”
The study focused on domestic flights.
In the study, the authors calculated the average travel time between Vancouver and New York based on the average passenger age and gender, the number of passengers on the plane, and a few other factors.
The results show that domestic flights take around 10 minutes longer than international flights.
“People who are in their 20s and 30s are getting around five to 10 minutes slower than people who are 45 to 50,” Hsiangs says.
“You have to be really careful not to put too much pressure on the people who don’t have a lot in their life to make this kind of investment.”
The average domestic trip from Vancouver in 2016 to New Orleans in 2018 took just over four hours, according to the study.
That compares to an average domestic journey of roughly nine hours, with the average international trip lasting almost seven hours.
But the average American journey from Vancouver (a stopover in Portland) to New Mexico in 2018, which is more than five hours, took just under six hours, based on information from the DOT.
For the average US-bound domestic flight from New York to Los Angeles, the typical distance is around 12.6 hours, and for the average United States-bound international flight, it’s just over 13.2 hours.
This means that the longer it takes for an American to make it to the city from Vancouver by air, the longer that journey will take.
And the longer the trip takes, the more expensive it will be for the people flying the flight.
The study found that the cost of an American trip to the California-Mexico border from Vancouver would be between $10,000 and $18,000, based only on a 10-hour round trip, with about one-quarter of the passengers paying for the flight themselves.
(The cost of a domestic trip to Los Angles, California, which includes the city of Vancouver, was just over $5,000.)
For a domestic flight to New Brunswick, Canada from Vancouver’s airport, the cost would be around $9,000 for one-way and $12,000 round-trip.
And for a domestic journey from New Jersey to New Hampshire, the price would be $11,000.
The authors also note that a flight to Portland, Maine, from Vancouver will cost $5.80 to $8.20 for a one- and two-way flight, depending on the length and distance, depending how much time the