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Travel time from Detroit to Flint

Detroit to Flint airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Detroit to Flint? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Flint, 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, 10:31 am:  start in Detroit
drive for about 54 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 12:20 pm at the latest

11:25 am:  Detroit Metro Wayne County (DTW)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 12:50 pm

11:55 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

12:55 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

1:25 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

1:40 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

1:50 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 32 minutes

2:22 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

2:40 pm:  wheels up! take-off from DTW
fly for about 20 minutes in the air

3:00 pm (local time):  Capital Region International (LAN)
Flint is the same time as Detroit
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

3:06 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at LAN
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 2.5 hours to your destination

5:30 pm (local time):  arrive in Flint

Total travel time: 7 hours

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Flying non-stop from Detroit to Flint

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

Flight distance: 57 miles or 92 km

Flight time: 17 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, 60 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 10.6x faster, and saves you about 6.5 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.

Flint Airports
  1. Bishop International Airport
  2. MBS International Airport
  3. Capital Region International Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Flint

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from DTW to LAN, 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 Friday for the flight itinerary above.

Alternate flights from Detroit to Flint

The most common route is DTW to LAN, 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. DTW to LAN
    Detroit Metro Wayne County to Capital Region International
  2. DTW to MBS
    Detroit Metro Wayne County to MBS International

Airlines that fly to Flint

We picked SkyWest 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. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  2. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)

Plan a trip to Flint

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Flint, Michigan. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Flint. Click the button below to explore Flint 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 Flint to Detroit, 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 Detroit to Flint road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Detroit to Flint?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 57 miles
flight time of 17 minutes
23 Detroit travel answers
1 Flint travel answer

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