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Distance between Medora (North Dakota) and Yellowstone National Park

Driving non-stop from Medora (North Dakota) to Yellowstone National Park

How far is Yellowstone National Park from Medora (North Dakota)? Here's the quick answer if you don't sleep at all, or you have a friend with you so each person can drive some of the way, letting you make the entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 486 miles or 782 km

Driving time: 8 hours, 19 minutes

This is a pretty long drive, so it's not very realistic to drive nonstop. To get a better idea of how long this road trip would really be, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.

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Flying non-stop from Medora (North Dakota) to Yellowstone National Park

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Medora, North Dakota and Yellowstone National Park. 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: 383 miles or 616 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 16 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 103 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.3x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/7th 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.

Medora (North Dakota) to Yellowstone National Park road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Yellowstone National Park, 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 Medora (North Dakota).

Drive for about 57 minutes, then stop in Glendive and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 1 hour then stop in Bonfield and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 1 hour then stop in Forsyth (Montana). Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 1.5 hours, then stop in Billings and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 2 hours then stop in Cody and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 1.5 hours then stop at Yellowstone Lake and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 22 minutes and arrive at Yellowstone National Park.

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:

Medora (North Dakota) to Yellowstone National Park 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: Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport (DIK)

Arrival airport: Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)

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: 105 minutes

Getting to your destination: 170 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from DIK to JAC and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

Commercial flight time: 1 hour, 16 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Medora (North Dakota) to Yellowstone National Park including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 8 hours

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

Plan a trip to Yellowstone National Park

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Yellowstone National Park. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Yellowstone National Park. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Yellowstone National Park like Walking with difficulty. What can I do while family hikes?. Click the button below to explore Yellowstone National Park 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 Yellowstone National Park to Medora (North Dakota), or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 486 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 19 minutes
flight distance is 383 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 16 minutes
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