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Distance between Columbus and Indianapolis

Driving non-stop from Columbus to Indianapolis

How far is Indianapolis from Columbus? Here's the quick answer if you drive this relatively short distance without making any stops.

Nonstop drive: 176 miles or 283 km

Driving time: 2 hours, 43 minutes

Even though you can drive this distance straight through, it might be more interesting to stop along the way. You can scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.

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Flying non-stop from Columbus to Indianapolis

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. 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: 168 miles or 271 km

Flight time: 50 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 8 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.0x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/3th 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.





Columbus to Indianapolis road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Indianapolis, 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: 10 hours on the road with 1 overnight


Itinerary

Start in Columbus.

Drive for about 3 hours, then stop in Yellow Springs and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 4 hours then stop in Dayton. Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 49 minutes, then stop in Richmond (Indiana) and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 48 minutes then stop in Sulphur Springs (Indiana) and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 46 minutes then stop in Fishers (Indiana) and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 27 minutes and arrive in Indianapolis.


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:





Columbus to Indianapolis 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: Port Columbus International Airport (CMH)

Arrival airport: Indianapolis International Airport (IND)

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: 24 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from CMH connecting through DAL and arriving at IND flying on Southwest 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: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Connecting airport: Dallas Love Field (DAL)

Connection flight time: 2 hours, 1 minute

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Columbus to Indianapolis 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: 9 hours


To see the details on this flight plan, including recommended airports, airline, and route, check out the flight planner:





Plan a trip to Indianapolis

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Indianapolis, Indiana. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Indianapolis. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Indianapolis like Indianapolis Museum of Art. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Indianapolis like What is your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis?. Click the button below to explore Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis to Columbus, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

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






At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 176 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 43 minutes
flight distance is 168 miles
flight time of 50 minutes
39 Columbus travel answers
41 Indianapolis travel answers








   
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