The cheapest times to fly from LAX to TPA are
- January 1st to February 25th
- August 6th to November 18th
- December 3rd to December 16th
based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from LAX to TPA is early September. Prices can be as high as $866 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $237 for Tuesday flights around early September.
When to Fly to Tampa
Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Tampa, FL (TPA) will usually cost between $275 to $553 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $269. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $535. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $266 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $371 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LAX to TPA flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the LAX to TPA route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the LAX to TPA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Los Angeles. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.11, which is far below average.
Flight Prices by Day of the Week
Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $102 (23%) on this flight.
Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $333. Return trip prices are from the TPA to LAX flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.
Departing Prices by Day
Return Trip Prices by Day
Nonstop Flights and Layovers
Travelers looking to fly from LAX to TPA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 52 minutes may be realistic.
Alternative Nearby Airports
Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from LAX to TPA while comparing.
- 81 miles (130 km) away from TPA
- Usually 26.15% less expensive than TPA
- Nonstop flights available
- 115 miles (185 km) away from TPA
- Usually 0.67% less expensive than TPA
- 1-layover flights available
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from LAX to TPA? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 13 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Qatar Airways, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from Tampa International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 2154 miles or 3467 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from LAX to TPA?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to TPA flight is about 4 hour 52 minutes.
How many flights go between Los Angeles, CA and Tampa, FL?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 142 available flights from LAX to TPA.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Los Angeles International Airport|
|City||Los Angeles, CA|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Tampa International Airport|
|Country||the United States|
Late and Early Flight Data
Flights from LAX to TPA tend to depart much later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 41% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 4% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave TPA heading for LAX about 16 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Tampa, FL is about 11 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:
- Southwest: 21 minutes late
- Delta: 13 minutes late
- Some airlines not reporting
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