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Travel time from Colorado Springs to Frankfurt

Colorado Springs to Frankfurt airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Colorado Springs to Frankfurt? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Frankfurt, 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.

Friday, 2:34 pm:  start in Colorado Springs
drive for about 21 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 3:50 pm at the latest

2:55 pm:  City of Colorado Springs Municipal (COS)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 4:20 pm

3:25 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

4:25 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

4:55 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

5:10 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

5:20 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 32 minutes

5:52 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 19 minutes to taxi to the runway

6:11 pm:  wheels up! take-off from COS
fly for about 20 minutes in the air

6:31 pm:  Denver International (DEN)
Denver, CO is the same time as Colorado Springs, CO
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 13 minutes to the gate

6:44 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

8:05 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 81 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

8:20 pm:  board Lufthansa German Airlines connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

8:30 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

8:45 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from DEN
fly for about 10.5 hours in the air

Saturday, 3:20 pm (local time):  Frankfurt Main (FRA)
Frankfurt is 8 hours ahead of Colorado Springs
so the time in Colorado Springs is actually 7:20 am
you actually arrive the day after you left
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

3:35 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at FRA
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 23 minutes to your destination

3:58 pm (local time):  arrive in Frankfurt

Total travel time: 17 hours

Flying non-stop from Colorado Springs to Frankfurt

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

Flight distance: 5,100 miles or 8208 km

Flight time: 10 hours, 42 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 17 hours, 24 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 1.7x faster, and saves you about 7.5 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 fairly long flight, so unless you have a Gulfstream G650 or your own Boeing or Airbus, 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.

Alternate flights from Colorado Springs to Frankfurt

The most common route is COS to DEN, then connecting to FRA, 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. COS to DEN to FRA
    City of Colorado Springs Municipal to Denver International to Frankfurt Main
  2. COS to DFW to FRA
    City of Colorado Springs Municipal to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Frankfurt Main
  3. COS to ORD to FRA
    City of Colorado Springs Municipal to Chicago O'Hare International to Frankfurt Main
  4. COS to IAH to FRA
    City of Colorado Springs Municipal to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Frankfurt Main
  5. COS to LAX to FRA
    City of Colorado Springs Municipal to Los Angeles International to Frankfurt Main
  6. COS to SEA to FRA
    City of Colorado Springs Municipal to Seattle/Tacoma International to Frankfurt Main
  7. COS to ATL to FRA
    City of Colorado Springs Municipal to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Frankfurt Main
  8. COS to MCO to FRA
    City of Colorado Springs Municipal to Orlando International to Frankfurt Main
  9. COS to LAS to FRA
    City of Colorado Springs Municipal to McCarran International to Frankfurt Main

Airlines that fly to Frankfurt

We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and Lufthansa German Airlines 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. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  2. Lufthansa German Airlines (LH)
  3. Condor Flugdienst (DE)

Plan a trip to Frankfurt

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Frankfurt, Germany. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Frankfurt. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Frankfurt like Cider Taverns in Sachsenhausen. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Frankfurt like What's fun in Frankfurt? Click the button below to explore Frankfurt 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 Frankfurt to Colorado Springs, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 5,100 miles
flight time of 10 hours, 42 minutes
Frankfurt is 8 hours ahead of Colorado Springs
44 Colorado Springs travel answers
71 Frankfurt travel answers


Frankfurt Airports
  1. Frankfurt am Main Airport

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