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Additional Information & Notes

  • For entertainment purposes only.
  • For use in the continental United States only.
  • Portions of this calculator are powered by Google Maps, under license from Google Inc.
  • Driving cost is calculated using the 2010 AAA Average Operating Costs Per Mile estimates. The AAA estimates factor in the following costs: fuel, maintenance, and tires.
  • In estimating transportation costs to and from airports, this calculator uses the following rates: taxi service at $3.00 +$2.50/mile with a 20% tip, shuttle service at $0.50/mile and airport parking at $15/day.
  • Flight times and costs are estimated using BeFrugal.com's proprietary databases and algorithms.
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes are added to each departure flight time and 45 minutes to arrival flight time to account for arrival, check-in, boarding, baggage claim and airport exit.
  • For overnight car trips, each hotel room is estimated at $75/night with up to 2 travelers per room.
  • For driving, CO2 emissions for gasoline is calculated at 8.8 kg CO2/gal tailpipe (source) + 2.21 kg CO2/gal upstream (source). Diesel is calculated at 10.1 kg CO2/gal tailpipe (source) + 2.42 kg CO2/gal upstream (source).
  • For flying, CO2 emissions is based on data from the GHG Protocol Mobile Combustion Tool (source). Calculation uses Radiative Forcing Index of 1.9 based on TRADEOFF Project (source).
  • This calculator does not currently support battery electric, hydrogen, or compressed natural gas vehicles.
  • Estimated plane ticket prices may be less accurate for trips planned less than 2 weeks in advance.
  • For more information also see the Fly or Drive Calculator™ FAQ.
  • Concept and calculator Copyright © 2009-2015, BeFrugal.com. All Rights Reserved. Patents Pending.


Evelyn says...
MIXED results: Very useful tool. A WIN for sure and I will use again to weigh my options. However, your links to travelocity should be helpful, but do not carry over locations and dates, so... FAIL
- 134 days ago. Tuesday, April 19, 2016 10:17 AM


Kes says...
It really needs to do places like Canada, or at least Alaska.
- 239 days ago. Tuesday, January 5, 2016 3:30 PM


Nyla says...
Keep getting lame warning that my destination (Bellingham, WA) is not in the continental US! Luckily the calculator still works and comes up with a plausible result, but why the error?
- Today. Tuesday, October 20, 2015 9:06 PM


lesliepr says...
Orlando FL is outside of the USA??? fix your website!!!!
- Today. Friday, September 18, 2015 3:43 PM


fortunablake says...
Great tool! Stranded at air terminals, 2 years in a row, with a total coast of $1,000 for hotels (not planned) and rental cars, it's worth it to drive. If you must fly, send your things ahead, via UPS, to your destination. Saves a lot of worry.
- Over 1 year ago. Thursday, August 27, 2015 11:12 AM


Roger says...
No good my car is a hybrid which I put in the box then it predicts I get 24mpg not even close I will stop for gas 2 times.
- Over 1 year ago. Friday, May 29, 2015 9:24 PM


Danielle says...
Gives me a good ballpark, but we are making multiple stops on our trip; so I can't get a more accurate number. Car registration and wear and tear aren't a big concern to me. Food & hotel costs are...I don't see anywhere to add in food costs.
- Over 1 year ago. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 4:36 PM


LL says...
Good tool but it is missing parking costs at the destination if you drive. I'm weighing flying vs. driving to NYC and that will add a minimum of $20 per day to the cost - nowhere to put that amount.
- Over 1 year ago. Saturday, January 24, 2015 12:02 PM


wynncar says...
Great tool! As I thought,it is much cheaper to drive, especially with 2 persons to share driving, and avoid having to sleep in a motel. Nice to see the carbon footprint calculation was added. This matters to most people on some level, of course selfish persons like Gerry don't care about the future world their grandchildren will have to live in, but thank God they are a minority
- Over 1 year ago. Wednesday, November 26, 2014 8:39 AM


Tete says...
Very nice, but I also think it should have an option on whether you will be renting a vehicle to get to a destination as well, instead comparing flying to you driving your own car. Thank you
- Over 1 year ago. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 9:45 AM

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