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Distance between St. Louis and Springfield



Driving non-stop from St. Louis to Springfield

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

Nonstop drive: 216 miles or 348 km

Driving time: 3 hours, 27 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 St. Louis to Springfield

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Saint Louis, Missouri and Springfield, Missouri. 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: 195 miles or 314 km

Flight time: 53 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 21 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.




St. Louis to Springfield road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Springfield, 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: 4 hours on the road


Itinerary

Start in St. Louis.

Drive for about 32 minutes, then stop at Six Flags St. Louis and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 60 minutes then stop in Cuba (Missouri) and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 52 minutes then stop in Saint Robert and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 37 minutes then stop in Lebanon (Missouri) and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 44 minutes then stop in Strafford and stay for 1 hour.

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


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:






St. Louis to Springfield 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: Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)

Arrival airport: Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF)

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: 36 minutes

Getting to your destination: 16 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from STL connecting through ORD and arriving at SGF flying on United 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, 8 minutes

Connecting airport: Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

Connection flight time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from St. Louis to Springfield 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 Springfield

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Springfield, Missouri. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Springfield. Click the button below to explore Springfield 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 Springfield to St. Louis, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 216 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 27 minutes
flight distance is 195 miles
flight time of 53 minutes
40 St. Louis travel answers
3 Springfield travel answers





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