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Distance between Chattanooga and Cincinnati

Driving non-stop from Chattanooga to Cincinnati

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

Nonstop drive: 367 miles or 591 km

Driving time: 5 hours, 49 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 Chattanooga to Cincinnati

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Chattanooga, Tennessee and Cincinnati, Ohio. 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: 288 miles or 463 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 79 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.3x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/5th 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.

Chattanooga to Cincinnati road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Cincinnati, 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: 7 hours on the road with 1 overnight


Start in Chattanooga.

Drive for about 59 minutes, then stop in Etowah and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 47 minutes then stop in Harriman and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 41 minutes then stop in Knoxville and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 1 hour then stop in Barbourville. Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 57 minutes, then stop in Berea and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 50 minutes then stop in Lexington and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 54 minutes then stop in Dry Ridge and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 35 minutes and arrive in Cincinnati.

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:

Chattanooga to Cincinnati 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: Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA)

Arrival airport: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)

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: 18 minutes

Getting to your destination: 40 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from CHA connecting through ATL and arriving at CVG flying on Air France. 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: 53 minutes

Connecting airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Connection flight time: 1 hour, 23 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Chattanooga to Cincinnati 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: 7 hours

Plan a trip to Cincinnati

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Cincinnati, Ohio. A great place to eat might be Rhinegeist Brewery. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Cincinnati like Washington Park. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Cincinnati like Top dining spots in Cincinnati!?. Click the button below to explore Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati to Chattanooga, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 367 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 49 minutes
flight distance is 288 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 5 minutes
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