How long does it really take to fly from Duluth (Minnesota) to Rapid City? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Rapid City, 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, 8:54 am: start in Duluth (Minnesota)
drive for about 17 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 10:06 am at the latest
9:11 am: Duluth International (DLH)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 10:36 am
9:41 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
10:41 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
11:11 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
11:26 am: board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
11:36 am: this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 11 minutes
11:47 am: so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 21 minutes to taxi to the runway
12:08 pm: wheels up! take-off from DLH
fly for about 36 minutes in the air
12:44 pm: Minneapolis-St Paul International (MSP)
Minneapolis, MN is the same time as Duluth, MN
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate
12:50 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
2:20 pm: get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 90 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run
2:35 pm: board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
2:45 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 16 minutes to taxi to the runway
3:01 pm: wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air
3:22 pm (local time): Rapid City Regional (RAP)
Rapid City is 1 hour behind Duluth (Minnesota)
so the time in Duluth (Minnesota) is actually 4:22 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate
3:27 pm (local time): arrive at the gate at RAP
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 27 minutes to your destination
3:54 pm (local time): arrive in Rapid City
Now finally, let's look at an example flight from DLH to RAP and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.
So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Duluth (Minnesota) to Rapid City including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.
Total travel time: 4 hours
How far is Rapid City from Duluth (Minnesota)? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.
Flight distance: 572 miles or 920 km
Flight time: 1 hour, 39 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.
Flying private is roughly 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. 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.
Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from DLH to MSP, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from MSP to RAP, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:
Based on these statistical results, we chose Friday for the flight itinerary above.
The most common route is DLH to MSP, then connecting to RAP, 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:
We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and SkyWest 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:
Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Rapid City, South Dakota. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Rapid City. Click the button below to explore Rapid City in detail.
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 Rapid City to Duluth (Minnesota), 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 Duluth (Minnesota) to Rapid City road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Duluth (Minnesota) to Rapid City?
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