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Distance between Charlotte and Wilmington



Driving non-stop from Charlotte to Wilmington

How far is Wilmington from Charlotte? Here's the quick answer if you are able to make this entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 198 miles or 319 km

Driving time: 3 hours, 37 minutes

Realistically, you'll probably want to add a buffer for rest stops, gas, or food along the way. To get a better idea of how long this trip would really be, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.





Flying non-stop from Charlotte to Wilmington

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Charlotte, North Carolina and Wilmington, North Carolina. 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.

Flight distance: 179 miles or 288 km

Flight time: 31 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 19 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.1x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/4th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book 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.




Charlotte to Wilmington road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Wilmington, and you want to stop on the way to explore. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting places along the way, or maybe eat at a great restaurant. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Road trip: 1 day of driving

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

Travel time: 3.5 hours on the road


Itinerary

Start in Charlotte.

Drive for about 55 minutes, then stop in Wadesboro and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 44 minutes then stop in Laurinburg and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 32 minutes then stop in Lumberton and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 34 minutes then stop in Whiteville and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 53 minutes then stop at The Children's Museum of Wilmington and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 3.5 hours and arrive in Wilmington.


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:






Charlotte to Wilmington 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: Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

Arrival airport: Wilmington International Airport (ILM)

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: 17 minutes

Getting to your destination: 12 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from CLT to ILM on US Airways and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

Commercial flight time: 51 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Charlotte to Wilmington including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 3 hours




Plan a trip to Wilmington

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Wilmington, North Carolina. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Wilmington. A great place to eat might be Wrightsville Beach. Click the button below to explore Wilmington 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 Wilmington to Charlotte, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 198 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 37 minutes
flight distance is 179 miles
flight time of 31 minutes
23 Charlotte travel answers
5 Wilmington travel answers





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