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Travel time from Charlotte to Columbus



Charlotte to Columbus airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Charlotte to Columbus? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Columbus, 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, 2:17 pm:  start in Charlotte
drive for about 18 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 3:30 pm at the latest

2:35 pm:  Charlotte Douglas International (CLT)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 4:00 pm

3:05 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

4:05 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

4:35 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

4:50 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

5:00 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 8 minutes

5:08 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 24 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:32 pm:  wheels up! take-off from CLT
fly for about 45 minutes in the air

6:17 pm:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is the same time as Charlotte, NC
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 8 minutes to the gate

6:25 pm:  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

7:10 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 45 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

7:25 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:35 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 18 minutes

7:53 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 19 minutes to taxi to the runway

8:12 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 1 hour in the air

9:18 pm (local time):  Port Columbus International (CMH)
Columbus is the same time as Charlotte
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

9:22 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at CMH
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 19 minutes to your destination

9:41 pm (local time):  arrive in Columbus

Total travel time: 7 hours




Flying non-stop from Charlotte to Columbus

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

Flight distance: 347 miles or 559 km

Flight time: 56 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 7 hours, 24 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 5.7x faster, and saves you about 6 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.

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. 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 Columbus

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from CLT to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to CMH, 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 Charlotte to Columbus

The most common route is CLT to ATL, then connecting to CMH, 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. CLT to ATL to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Port Columbus International
  2. CLT to ORD to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Chicago O'Hare International to Port Columbus International
  3. CLT to DFW to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Port Columbus International
  4. CLT to MCO to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Orlando International to Port Columbus International
  5. CLT to LGA to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to LaGuardia to Port Columbus International
  6. CLT to BWI to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Port Columbus International
  7. CLT to BOS to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Logan International to Port Columbus International
  8. CLT to PHX to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Port Columbus International
  9. CLT to TPA to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Tampa International to Port Columbus International
  10. CLT to EWR to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Newark Liberty International to Port Columbus International
  11. CLT to DEN to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Denver International to Port Columbus International
  12. CLT to PHL to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Philadelphia International to Port Columbus International
  13. CLT to IAH to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Port Columbus International
  14. CLT to DCA to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Ronald Reagan Washington National to Port Columbus International
  15. CLT to MSP to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Port Columbus International
  16. CLT to DTW to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Port Columbus International
  17. CLT to MIA to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Miami International to Port Columbus International
  18. CLT to FLL to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Port Columbus International
  19. CLT to LAX to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Los Angeles International to Port Columbus International
  20. CLT to RSW to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Southwest Florida International to Port Columbus International
  21. CLT to LAS to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to McCarran International to Port Columbus International
  22. CLT to BNA to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Nashville International to Port Columbus International
  23. CLT to JFK to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to John F. Kennedy International to Port Columbus International
  24. CLT to MDW to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Chicago Midway International to Port Columbus International
  25. CLT to STL to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Lambert-St. Louis International to Port Columbus International
  26. CLT to MSY to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Port Columbus International
  27. CLT to DAL to CMH
    Charlotte Douglas International to Dallas Love Field to Port Columbus International
  28. CLT to LHR to LCK
    Charlotte Douglas International to London Heathrow to Rickenbacker International
  29. CLT to HHN to LCK
    Charlotte Douglas International to Frankfurt Hahn to Rickenbacker International
  30. CLT to YQX to LCK
    Charlotte Douglas International to Gander International to Rickenbacker International




Airlines that fly to Columbus

We picked Delta Air Lines Inc. for your main flight, and Delta Air Lines 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. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  2. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  3. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)
  4. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)




Plan a trip to Columbus

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Columbus, Ohio. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Columbus. A great place to eat might be Late Night Slice. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Columbus like The Short North. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Columbus like What is your favorite restaurant in Columbus? Click the button below to explore Columbus 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 Columbus to Charlotte, 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 Columbus to Charlotte road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Columbus to Charlotte?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 347 miles
flight time of 56 minutes
19 Charlotte travel answers
12 Columbus travel answers








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