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Travel time from Idaho Falls to Big Sky



Idaho Falls to Big Sky airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Idaho Falls to Big Sky? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Big Sky, 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, 11:38 am:  start in Idaho Falls
drive for about 12 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 60 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 12:15 pm at the latest

11:50 am:  Idaho Falls Regional (IDA)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 12:45 pm

12:05 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

12:35 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

12:50 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

1:05 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

1:15 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 6 minutes

1:21 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

1:39 pm:  wheels up! take-off from IDA
fly for about 38 minutes in the air

2:17 pm:  Salt Lake City International (SLC)
Salt Lake City, UT is the same time as Idaho Falls, ID
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

2:24 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

3:00 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 36 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

3:15 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

3:25 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 4 minutes

3:29 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 24 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:53 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from SLC
fly for about 55 minutes in the air

4:48 pm (local time):  Bozeman Yellowstone International (BZN)
Big Sky is the same time as Idaho Falls
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

4:52 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at BZN
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 hours to your destination

6:39 pm (local time):  arrive in Big Sky

Total travel time: 7 hours




Flying non-stop from Idaho Falls to Big Sky

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

Flight distance: 130 miles or 209 km

Flight time: 46 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, 1 minute.

Flying private is roughly 9.2x 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.



Best day of the week to fly to Big Sky

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from IDA to SLC, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from SLC to BZN, 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 Idaho Falls to Big Sky

The most common route is IDA to SLC, then connecting to BZN, 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. IDA to SLC to BZN
    Idaho Falls Regional to Salt Lake City International to Bozeman Yellowstone International
  2. IDA to DEN to BZN
    Idaho Falls Regional to Denver International to Bozeman Yellowstone International




Airlines that fly to Big Sky

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:

  1. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  2. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)




Plan a trip to Big Sky

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

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 130 miles
flight time of 46 minutes
9 Idaho Falls travel answers
3 Big Sky travel answers

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Big Sky Airports
  1. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport



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