The cheapest times to fly from PHL to TYS are

  • May 28th to June 10th
  • July 2nd to July 15th
  • August 6th to January 28th (except the weeks of September 24th, October 8th, November 19th, and December 24th)

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 PHL to TYS is early December. Prices can be as high as $684 for Sunday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $203 for Wednesday flights around early December.


When to Fly to Knoxville

Flying from Philadelphia, PA (PHL) to Knoxville, TN (TYS) will usually cost between $233 to $332 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early December with an average ticket price of $253. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $345. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $92 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $281 can be considered a good price for a round-trip PHL to TYS flight.

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

PHL to TYS Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the PHL to TYS flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Philadelphia. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.32, which is in the normal range for a flight.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday 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 $59 (19%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $257. Return trip prices are from the TYS to PHL 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 PHL to TYS can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 59 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 PHL to TYS while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Lovell Field Airport (CHA) in Chattanooga, TN

  • 87 miles (140 km) away from TYS
  • Usually 11.03% less expensive than TYS
  • Nonstop flights available

See PHL to CHA flights

Destination alternative #2: Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in Asheville, NC

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from TYS
  • Usually 6.58% less expensive than TYS
  • Nonstop flights available

See PHL to AVL flights

Destination alternative #3: Tri Cities Airport (TRI) in Bristol/Johnson City/Kingsport, TN

  • 100 miles (161 km) away from TYS
  • Usually 3.91% less expensive than TYS
  • 1-layover flights available

See PHL to TRI flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from PHL to TYS? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, Frontier, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from McGhee Tyson Airport to Philadelphia International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 554 miles or 892 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from PHL to TYS?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop PHL to TYS flight is about 1 hour 59 minutes.

How many flights go between Philadelphia, PA and Knoxville, TN?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 45 available flights from PHL to TYS.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codePHL
Origination airport namePhiladelphia International Airport
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeTYS
Destination airport nameMcGhee Tyson Airport
CityKnoxville, TN
Countrythe United States


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from PHL to TYS tend to depart much later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 45% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 19% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave TYS heading for PHL about 54 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Knoxville, TN is about 53 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • PSA: 54 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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