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Distance between Charleston and Indianapolis

Driving non-stop from Charleston to Indianapolis

How far is Indianapolis from Charleston? Here's the quick answer if you don't sleep at all, or you have a friend with you so each person can drive some of the way, letting you make the entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 729 miles or 1173 km

Driving time: 11 hours, 35 minutes

This is a pretty long drive, so it's not very realistic to drive nonstop. To get a better idea of how long this road trip would really be, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.

Flying non-stop from Charleston to Indianapolis

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Charleston, South Carolina and Indianapolis, Indiana. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

Flight distance: 594 miles or 956 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 41 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 135 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.2x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/7th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, you might be booking a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. Scroll down to see a more realistic calculation that takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Charleston to Indianapolis road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Indianapolis, and you want to stop along the way to rest. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and maybe even find a hotel to stay overnight. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Based on the length of this trip, we think you could spread out this fun road trip over more than one day.

Road trip: 2 days of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 12.5 hours on the road with 1 overnight


Start in Charleston.

Drive for about 2 hours, then stop at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 1.5 hours then stop in Spartanburg and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 1 hour then stop in Asheville and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 1 hour then stop in Gatlinburg. Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 2.5 hours, then stop in Berea and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 2.5 hours then stop at Miami Whitewater Forest and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 1.5 hours and arrive in Indianapolis.

To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:

Charleston to Indianapolis airports and flights

In the quick calculation above, we assumed you had a private plane and just wanted to know the time in the air from city to city. But for most of us, we're going to be flying on a commercial airline (whether it's first class or coach). So that means we really need to account for all the extra travel time getting to the airport, waiting for our flight, and making it to the destination.

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Charleston International Airport (CHS)

Arrival airport: Indianapolis International Airport (IND)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 32 minutes

Getting to your destination: 24 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from CHS connecting through CLT and arriving at IND flying on American Airlines. We can figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, time to taxi on the runways, and an average layover time of about 2 hours.

Initial flight time: 1 hour, 2 minutes

Connecting airport: Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

Connection flight time: 1 hour, 38 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Charleston to Indianapolis including time spent getting to and from the airports, roughly 2 hours at the departure airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, plus the connecting flight with a 2-hour layover.

Total travel time: 8 hours

Plan a trip to Indianapolis

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Indianapolis, Indiana. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Indianapolis like Indianapolis Museum of Art. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Indianapolis like Awesome food trucks?. Click the button below to explore Indianapolis in detail.

How far is it the other way?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Indianapolis to Charleston, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know Charleston, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Charleston!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 729 miles
driving time of 11 hours, 35 minutes
flight distance is 594 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 41 minutes
Indianapolis is the same time as Charleston
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