How far is LaGrange from Columbia? Here's the quick answer if you are able to make this entire trip by car without stopping.
Nonstop drive: 276 miles or 444 km
Driving time: 4 hours, 24 minutes
Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Columbia, South Carolina and LaGrange, Georgia. 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: 240 miles or 386 km
Flight time: 59 minutes
The straight line flight distance is 36 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.
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: Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
Arrival airport: Columbus Metropolitan Airport (CSG)
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: 19 minutes
Getting to your destination: 109 minutes
Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from CAE connecting through ATL and arriving at CSG flying on KLM Royal Dutch 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, 7 minutes
Connecting airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
Connection flight time: 42 minutes
So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Columbia to LaGrange 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
To see the details on this flight plan, including recommended airports, airline, and route, check out the flight planner:
Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to LaGrange, Georgia. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in LaGrange. Click the button below to explore LaGrange in detail.
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 LaGrange to Columbia, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.
If you happen to know Columbia, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Columbia!