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Travel time from Dallas to Detroit



Dallas to Detroit airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Dallas to Detroit? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Detroit, 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, 3:12 pm:  start in Dallas
drive for about 48 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 4:55 pm at the latest

4:00 pm:  Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 5:25 pm

4:30 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

5:30 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

6:00 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

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

6:25 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 10 minutes

6:35 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

6:52 pm:  wheels up! take-off from DFW
fly for about 2 hours in the air

9:56 pm (local time):  Detroit Metro Wayne County (DTW)
Detroit is 1 hour ahead of Dallas
so the time in Dallas is actually 8:56 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 9 minutes to the gate

10:05 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at DTW
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 54 minutes to your destination

10:59 pm (local time):  arrive in Detroit

Total travel time: 7 hours




Flying non-stop from Dallas to Detroit

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

Flight distance: 1,000 miles or 1609 km

Flight time: 2 hours, 12 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 6 hours, 47 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3.4x faster, and saves you about 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 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 Detroit

Looking at flights on American Airlines Inc. from DFW to DTW, 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 Dallas to Detroit

The most common route is DFW to DTW, 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. DFW to DTW
    Dallas/Fort Worth International to Detroit Metro Wayne County
  2. DAL to DTW
    Dallas Love Field to Detroit Metro Wayne County




Airlines that fly to Detroit

We picked American Airlines Inc. for your main 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. Spirit Air Lines (NK)
  3. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)
  4. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  5. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)




Plan a trip to Detroit

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Detroit, Michigan. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Detroit. A great place to eat might be Slows Bar-B-Q. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Detroit like Comerica Park. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Detroit like Places to stay in Detroit. Click the button below to explore Detroit 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 Detroit to Dallas, 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 Dallas to Detroit road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Dallas to Detroit?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,000 miles
flight time of 2 hours, 12 minutes
Detroit is 1 hour ahead of Dallas
106 Dallas travel answers
23 Detroit travel answers

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Detroit Airports
  1. Windsor International Airport
  2. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport



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