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Distance between Memphis and Louisville



Driving non-stop from Memphis to Louisville

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

Nonstop drive: 385 miles or 620 km

Driving time: 5 hours, 56 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 Memphis to Louisville

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Memphis, Tennessee and Louisville, Kentucky. 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: 320 miles or 515 km

Flight time: 53 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 65 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 1/5th 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.




Memphis to Louisville road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Louisville, 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: 6.5 hours on the road with 1 overnight


Itinerary

Start in Memphis.

Drive for about 44 minutes, then stop in Covington (Tennessee) and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 1.5 hours then stop in Wildersville and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 41 minutes then stop in Hurricane Mills. Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 54 minutes, then stop in Leiper's Fork and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 1.5 hours then stop in Bowling Green and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 1 hour then stop in Elizabethtown (Kentucky) and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 6.5 hours and arrive in Louisville.


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:






Memphis to Louisville 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: Memphis International Airport (MEM)

Arrival airport: Louisville International Airport (SDF)

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: 25 minutes

Getting to your destination: 17 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from MEM connecting through ATL and arriving at SDF 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: 1 hour, 20 minutes

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

Connection flight time: 1 hour, 18 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Memphis to Louisville 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 Louisville

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Louisville, Kentucky. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Louisville. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out 21C Museum Hotel. A great place to eat might be Seviche, A Latin Restaurant. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Louisville like Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Louisville like What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville?. Click the button below to explore Louisville 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 Louisville to Memphis, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 385 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 56 minutes
flight distance is 320 miles
flight time of 53 minutes
Louisville is 1 hour ahead of Memphis
58 Memphis travel answers
28 Louisville travel answers





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