How far is Columbia (Missouri) from Indianapolis? Here's the quick answer if you are able to make this entire trip by car without stopping.
Nonstop drive: 359 miles or 578 km
Driving time: 5 hours, 47 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.
Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbia, 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: 335 miles or 540 km
Flight time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
The straight line flight distance is 24 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 1/5th 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.
Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Columbia (Missouri), 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: 8 hours on the road with 1 overnight
Start in Indianapolis.
Drive for about 46 minutes, then stop in Cloverdale (Indiana) and stay for about 1 hour.
Next, drive for another 47 minutes then stop in Terre Haute and stay for 1 hour.
Drive for 41 minutes then stop in Casey and stay for 1 hour.
Drive for 1 hour then stop in Altamont. Stay overnight.
The next day, drive for about 1 hour, then stop at Old 66 and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 53 minutes then stop in St. Louis and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 49 minutes then stop at O'Fallon Brewery and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 1.5 hours then stop in Kingdom City and stay for 1 hour.
Finally, drive for about 35 minutes and arrive in Columbia (Missouri).
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:
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: Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
Arrival airport: Columbia Regional Airport (COU)
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: 24 minutes
Getting to your destination: 33 minutes
Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from IND connecting through ORD and arriving at COU flying on US Airways. 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, 3 minutes
Connecting airport: Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
Connection flight time: 1 hour, 8 minutes
So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Indianapolis to Columbia (Missouri) 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
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 Columbia, Missouri. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Columbia (Missouri). Click the button below to explore Columbia (Missouri) 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 Columbia (Missouri) to Indianapolis, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.
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