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Distance between Simpsonville (Kentucky) and Charleston (West Virginia)

Driving non-stop from Simpsonville (Kentucky) to Charleston (West Virginia)

How far is Charleston (West Virginia) from Simpsonville (Kentucky)? Here's the quick answer if you are able to make this entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 224 miles or 360 km

Driving time: 3 hours, 14 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.

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Flying non-stop from Simpsonville (Kentucky) to Charleston (West Virginia)

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Simpsonville, Kentucky and Charleston, West Virginia. 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: 203 miles or 326 km

Flight time: 31 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 21 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.

Simpsonville (Kentucky) to Charleston (West Virginia) road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Charleston (West Virginia), and you want to stop on the way to explore. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting places along the way, or maybe eat at a great restaurant. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Road trip: 1 day of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 5 hours on the road


Start in Simpsonville (Kentucky).

Drive for about 35 minutes, then stop in Frankfort (Kentucky) and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 43 minutes then stop in Lexington and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 43 minutes then stop in Mount Sterling and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 1 hour then stop in Olive Hill and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 46 minutes then stop in Ashland (Kentucky) and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 56 minutes then stop at Scott Depot (West Virginia) and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 29 minutes and arrive in Charleston (West Virginia).

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:

Simpsonville (Kentucky) to Charleston (West Virginia) 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: Louisville International Airport (SDF)

Arrival airport: Yeager Airport (CRW)

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: 63 minutes

Getting to your destination: 8 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from SDF connecting through ORD and arriving at CRW flying on Air Wisconsin. 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, 20 minutes

Connecting airport: Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

Connection flight time: 1 hour, 22 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Simpsonville (Kentucky) to Charleston (West Virginia) 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:

Plan a trip to Charleston (West Virginia)

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Charleston, West Virginia. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Charleston (West Virginia). Check out some of the questions people have asked about Charleston (West Virginia) like Historic sites. Click the button below to explore Charleston (West Virginia) 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 Charleston (West Virginia) to Simpsonville (Kentucky), or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know Simpsonville (Kentucky), don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Simpsonville (Kentucky)!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 224 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 14 minutes
flight distance is 203 miles
flight time of 31 minutes
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