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Travel time from Dayton to Columbus



Dayton to Columbus airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Dayton 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, 7:28 am:  start in Dayton
drive for about 30 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 8:53 am at the latest

7:58 am:  James M Cox/Dayton International (DAY)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 9:23 am

8:28 am:  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

9:28 am:  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

9:58 am:  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

10:13 am:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:23 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 2 minutes

10:25 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 12 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:37 am:  wheels up! take-off from DAY
fly for about 1 hour in the air

11:50 am:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is the same time as Dayton, OH
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

11:56 am:  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

12:45 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 49 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

1:00 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

1:10 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 2 minutes

1:12 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 13 minutes to taxi to the runway

1:25 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from CLE
fly for about 1 hour in the air

2:31 pm (local time):  Port Columbus International (CMH)
Columbus is the same time as Dayton
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

2:36 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

2:55 pm (local time):  arrive in Columbus

Total travel time: 7 hours




Flying non-stop from Dayton to Columbus

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

Flight distance: 65 miles or 105 km

Flight time: 38 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, 27 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 11.8x 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.

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 DAY 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 Dayton to Columbus

The most common route is DAY 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. DAY to ATL to CMH
    James M Cox/Dayton International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Port Columbus International
  2. DAY to ORD to CMH
    James M Cox/Dayton International to Chicago O'Hare International to Port Columbus International
  3. DAY to MDW to CMH
    James M Cox/Dayton International to Chicago Midway International to Port Columbus International
  4. DAY to DFW to CMH
    James M Cox/Dayton International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Port Columbus International
  5. DAY to MCO to CMH
    James M Cox/Dayton International to Orlando International to Port Columbus International
  6. DAY to BWI to CMH
    James M Cox/Dayton International to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Port Columbus International
  7. DAY to DEN to CMH
    James M Cox/Dayton International to Denver International to Port Columbus International
  8. DAY to EWR to CMH
    James M Cox/Dayton International to Newark Liberty International to Port Columbus International
  9. DAY to MSP to CMH
    James M Cox/Dayton International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Port Columbus International
  10. DAY to TPA to CMH
    James M Cox/Dayton International to Tampa International to Port Columbus International
  11. DAY to DTW to CMH
    James M Cox/Dayton International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Port Columbus International
  12. DAY to YWG to LCK
    James M Cox/Dayton International to James Armstrong Richardson International to Rickenbacker International
  13. DAY to YMX to LCK
    James M Cox/Dayton International to Montreal International (Mirabel) 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. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  3. 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 Dayton, 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 Dayton to Columbus road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Dayton to Columbus?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 65 miles
flight time of 38 minutes
2 Dayton travel answers
26 Columbus travel answers

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Columbus Airports
  1. Port Columbus International Airport
  2. Rickenbacker International Airport



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