The cheapest times to fly from HOU to HRL are

  • January 1st to February 25th
  • July 23rd to November 18th (except the week of October 1st)
  • 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 HOU to HRL is early to mid September. Prices can be as high as $1162 for Sunday flights during early March, or as low as $279 for Tuesday flights around early to mid September.


When to Fly to Harlingen

Flying from Houston, TX (HOU) to Harlingen/San Benito, TX (HRL) will usually cost between $279 to $435 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid September with an average ticket price of $279. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early March, with an average price of $588. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $309 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $325 can be considered a good price for a round-trip HOU to HRL flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the HOU to HRL route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

HOU to HRL Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the HOU to HRL flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Houston. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.73, which is above 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 $82 (21%) 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 $300. Return trip prices are from the HRL to HOU flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from HOU to HRL can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 29 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 HOU to HRL while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Laredo International Airport (LRD) in Laredo, TX

  • 144 miles (232 km) away from HRL
  • Usually 8.92% less expensive than HRL
  • 1-layover flights available

See HOU to LRD flights

Destination alternative #2: McAllen Miller International Airport (MFE) in Mission/McAllen/Edinburg, TX

  • 36 miles (58 km) away from HRL
  • Usually 7.92% less expensive than HRL
  • 1-layover flights available

See HOU to MFE flights

Destination alternative #3: Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport (BRO) in Brownsville, TX

  • 26 miles (42 km) away from HRL
  • Usually 4.85% less expensive than HRL
  • 1-layover flights available

See HOU to BRO flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from HOU to HRL? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Valley International Airport to William P Hobby Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 277 miles or 446 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from HOU to HRL?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop HOU to HRL flight is about 1 hour 29 minutes.

How many flights go between Houston, TX and Harlingen/San Benito, TX?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 30 available flights from HOU to HRL.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code HOU
Origination airport name William P Hobby Airport
City Houston, TX
Country the United States
Latitude 29.6
Longitude -95.3

Return Airport

Destination code HRL
Destination airport name Valley International Airport
City Harlingen/San Benito, TX
Country the United States
Latitude 26.2
Longitude -97.7


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from HOU to HRL tend to depart much later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 46% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 8% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave HRL heading for HOU about 11 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Harlingen/San Benito, TX is about 1 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Southwest: 11 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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