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Travel time from Boston to Rapid City

Boston to Rapid City airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Boston to Rapid City? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Rapid City, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.

Thursday, 1:39 pm:  start in Boston
drive for about 6 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 2:40 pm at the latest

1:45 pm:  Logan International (BOS)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 3:10 pm

2:15 pm:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

3:15 pm:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

3:45 pm:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

4:00 pm:  board American Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:10 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 20 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:30 pm:  wheels up! take-off from BOS
fly for about 2.5 hours in the air

5:54 pm (local time):  Chicago O'Hare International (ORD)
Chicago, IL is 1 hour behind Boston, MA
so the time in Boston is actually 6:54 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 21 minutes to the gate

6:15 pm (local time):  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

6:50 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 35 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

7:05 pm (local time):  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:15 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 24 minutes

7:39 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 24 minutes to taxi to the runway

8:03 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from MSP
fly for about 2 hours in the air

9:12 pm (local time):  Rapid City Regional (RAP)
Rapid City is 1 hour behind Chicago, IL
and 2 hours behind Boston
so the time in Boston is actually 11:12 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

9:18 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at RAP
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 27 minutes to your destination

9:45 pm (local time):  arrive in Rapid City

Total travel time: 10 hours

Flying non-stop from Boston to Rapid City

How far is Rapid City from Boston? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 1,618 miles or 2604 km

Flight time: 3 hours, 44 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 10 hours, 6 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3.4x faster, and saves you about 7 hours in your total travel time.

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. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, you might be booking 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. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Best day of the week to fly to Rapid City

Looking at flights on American Airlines Inc. from BOS to ORD, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from ORD to RAP, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Based on these statistical results, we chose Thursday for the flight itinerary above.

Alternate flights from Boston to Rapid City

The most common route is BOS to ORD, then connecting to RAP, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:

  1. BOS to ORD to RAP
    Logan International to Chicago O'Hare International to Rapid City Regional
  2. BOS to MSP to RAP
    Logan International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Rapid City Regional
  3. BOS to DEN to RAP
    Logan International to Denver International to Rapid City Regional
  4. BOS to DFW to RAP
    Logan International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Rapid City Regional
  5. BOS to SLC to RAP
    Logan International to Salt Lake City International to Rapid City Regional
  6. BOS to SNN to RCA
    Logan International to Shannon Airport to Ellsworth AFB

Airlines that fly to Rapid City

We picked American Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your connecting flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  2. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  3. JetBlue Airways (B6)
  4. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  5. Spirit Air Lines (NK)

Plan a trip to Rapid City

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Rapid City, South Dakota. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Rapid City. Click the button below to explore Rapid City in detail.

What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Rapid City to Boston, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a Boston to Rapid City road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Boston to Rapid City?

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,618 miles
flight time of 3 hours, 44 minutes
Rapid City is 2 hours behind Boston
200 Boston travel answers
13 Rapid City travel answers


Rapid City Airports
  1. Rapid City Regional Airport

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