The cheapest times to fly from PDX to LZC are

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • May 14th to June 10th (except the week of May 21st)
  • August 6th to November 18th (except the week of October 29th)

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 PDX to LZC is early to mid October. Prices can be as high as $2245 for Thursday flights during mid July, or as low as $729 for Tuesday flights around early to mid October.


When to Fly to Lázaro Cárdenas

Flying from Portland, OR (PDX) to Lazaro Cardenas (LZC) will usually cost between $738 to $1570 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid October with an average ticket price of $734. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid July, with an average price of $1827. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1093 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $792 can be considered a good price for a round-trip PDX to LZC flight.

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

PDX to LZC Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the PDX to LZC flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Portland. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.22, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Thursdays are the most expensive days to fly to Lázaro Cárdenas, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Portland. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $144 (14%) 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 $882. Return trip prices are from the LZC to PDX 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 PDX to LZC can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 5 hour 0 minutes may not 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 not usually a nonstop flight from PDX to LZC while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH) in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo

  • 57 miles (92 km) away from LZC
  • Usually 32.39% less expensive than LZC
  • 1-layover flights available

See PDX to ZIH flights

Destination alternative #2: General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport (MLM) in Morelia

  • 150 miles (241 km) away from LZC
  • Usually 30.24% less expensive than LZC
  • 1-layover flights available

See PDX to MLM flights

Destination alternative #3: Colima Airport (CLQ) in Colima

  • 125 miles (201 km) away from LZC
  • Usually 3.03% less expensive than LZC
  • 2-layover flights available

See PDX to CLQ flights


Flight Hacking PDX to LZC

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from PDX to LZC — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Mexico City (PDX > MEX > LZC)

  • Price for both tickets: $704
  • Average savings: $88 (11.11%)

See PDX to MEX flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from PDX to LZC? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

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

How far away is it from Lazaro Cardenas Airport to Portland International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2236 miles or 3598 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from PDX to LZC?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop PDX to LZC flight is about 5 hour 0 minutes.

How many flights go between Portland, OR and Lazaro Cardenas?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 13 available flights from PDX to LZC.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code PDX
Origination airport name Portland International Airport
City Portland, OR
Country the United States
Latitude 45.6
Longitude -122.6

Return Airport

Destination code LZC
Destination airport name Lazaro Cardenas Airport
City Lazaro Cardenas
Country Mexico
Latitude 18
Longitude -102.2


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