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Distance between State College and Dulles

Driving non-stop from State College to Dulles

How far is Dulles from State College? Here's the quick answer if you are able to make this entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 208 miles or 335 km

Driving time: 3 hours, 51 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 State College to Dulles

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between State College, Pennsylvania and Dulles, 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: 129 miles or 208 km

Flight time: 45 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 79 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.6x 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.

State College to Dulles road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Dulles, 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: 4 hours on the road


Start in State College.

Drive for about 51 minutes, then stop in Altoona (Pennsylvania) and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 53 minutes then stop in Bedford (Pennsylvania) and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 1 hour then stop at domestic restaurant and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 52 minutes and arrive in Dulles.

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:

State College to Dulles 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: University Park Airport (SCE)

Arrival airport: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

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: 12 minutes

Getting to your destination: 0 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from SCE to IAD on United Airlines 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: 45 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from State College to Dulles 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: 3 hours

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

Plan a trip to Dulles

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Dulles, Virginia. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Dulles. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Dulles like Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Click the button below to explore Dulles 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 Dulles to State College, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 208 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 51 minutes
flight distance is 129 miles
flight time of 45 minutes
1 State College travel answer
1 Dulles travel answer

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