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Distance between Murrells Inlet and Destin

Driving non-stop from Murrells Inlet to Destin

How far is Destin from Murrells Inlet? 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: 648 miles or 1043 km

Driving time: 9 hours, 47 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 Murrells Inlet to Destin

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Murrells Inlet, South Carolina and Destin, Florida. 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: 489 miles or 787 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 29 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 159 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.

Murrells Inlet to Destin road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Destin, 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: 12 hours on the road with 1 overnight


Start in Murrells Inlet.

Drive for about 2 hours, then stop in Charleston and stay for about 2.5 hours. Next, drive for another 2 hours then stop in Hilton Head Island and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 2.5 hours then stop in Jacksonville. Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 60 minutes, then stop in Lake City and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 1.5 hours then stop in Tallahassee and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 2.5 hours then stop at Nick's Seafood Restaurant and stay for 1 hour.

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

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:

Murrells Inlet to Destin 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: Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR)

Arrival airport: Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS)

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: 33 minutes

Getting to your destination: 19 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from MYR to VPS 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, 29 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Murrells Inlet to Destin 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: 4 hours

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

Plan a trip to Destin

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Destin, Florida. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Destin. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Destin like Places to eat. Click the button below to explore Destin 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 Destin to Murrells Inlet, 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 648 miles
driving time of 9 hours, 47 minutes
flight distance is 489 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 29 minutes
Destin is 1 hour behind Murrells Inlet
2 Murrells Inlet travel answers
19 Destin travel answers

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