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Travel time from Columbia (Missouri) to Indianapolis



Columbia (Missouri) to Indianapolis airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Columbia (Missouri) to Indianapolis? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Indianapolis, 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, 12:28 pm:  start in Columbia (Missouri)
drive for about 33 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 60 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 1:26 pm at the latest

1:01 pm:  Columbia Regional (COU)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 1:56 pm

1:16 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

1:46 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

2:01 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

2:16 pm:  board Envoy Air flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:26 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 1 minute

2:27 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 11 minutes to taxi to the runway

2:38 pm:  wheels up! take-off from COU
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

4:02 pm:  Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW)
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX is the same time as Columbia, MO
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 12 minutes to the gate

4:14 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

6:00 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 1 hour, 46 minutes

6:15 pm:  board American Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

6:25 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 2 minutes

6:27 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

6:44 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from ORD
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

9:22 pm (local time):  Indianapolis International (IND)
Indianapolis is 1 hour ahead of Columbia (Missouri)
so the time in Columbia (Missouri) is actually 8:22 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

9:27 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at IND
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 24 minutes to your destination

9:51 pm (local time):  arrive in Indianapolis

Total travel time: 8 hours




Flying non-stop from Columbia (Missouri) to Indianapolis

How far is Indianapolis from Columbia (Missouri)? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 335 miles or 540 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 10 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 8 hours, 23 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 8.4x 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.

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 Indianapolis

Looking at flights on Envoy Air from COU to DFW, and connecting flights on American Airlines Inc. from DFW to IND, 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 Columbia (Missouri) to Indianapolis

The most common route is COU to DFW, then connecting to IND, 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. COU to DFW to IND
    Columbia Regional to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Indianapolis International
  2. COU to ORD to IND
    Columbia Regional to Chicago O'Hare International to Indianapolis International




Airlines that fly to Indianapolis

We picked Envoy Air for your main flight, and American 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. Envoy Air (MQ)
  2. American Airlines Inc. (AA)




Plan a trip to Indianapolis

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Indianapolis, Indiana. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Indianapolis. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Indianapolis like Indianapolis Museum of Art. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Indianapolis like What is your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis? Click the button below to explore Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis to Columbia (Missouri), 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 Columbia (Missouri) to Indianapolis road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Columbia (Missouri) to Indianapolis?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 335 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 10 minutes
Indianapolis is 1 hour ahead of Columbia (Missouri)
1 Columbia (Missouri) travel answer
26 Indianapolis travel answers

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Indianapolis Airports
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