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Travel time from Indianapolis to Columbia (Missouri)

Indianapolis to Columbia (Missouri) airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Indianapolis to Columbia (Missouri)? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Columbia (Missouri), 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, 1:32 pm:  start in Indianapolis
drive for about 24 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 2:51 pm at the latest

1:56 pm:  Indianapolis International (IND)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 3:21 pm

2:26 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

3:26 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

3:56 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

4:11 pm:  board American Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:21 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 2 minutes

4:23 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:38 pm:  wheels up! take-off from IND
fly for about 2 hours in the air

5:37 pm (local time):  Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW)
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX is 1 hour behind Indianapolis, IN
so the time in Indianapolis is actually 6:37 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 11 minutes to the gate

5:48 pm (local time):  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

7:45 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 1 hour, 57 minutes

8:00 pm (local time):  board Envoy Air connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

8:10 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 11 minutes

8:21 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 14 minutes to taxi to the runway

8:35 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from ORD
fly for about 1 hour in the air

9:43 pm (local time):  Columbia Regional (COU)
Columbia (Missouri) is 1 hour behind Indianapolis
so the time in Indianapolis is actually 10:43 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 3 minutes to the gate

9:46 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at COU
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 33 minutes to your destination

10:20 pm (local time):  arrive in Columbia (Missouri)

Total travel time: 10 hours

Flying non-stop from Indianapolis to Columbia (Missouri)

How far is Columbia (Missouri) from Indianapolis? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 335 miles or 540 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 10 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 9 hours, 48 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 9.8x faster, and saves you about 9 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 Columbia (Missouri)

Looking at flights on American Airlines Inc. from IND to DFW, and connecting flights on Envoy Air from DFW to COU, 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 Indianapolis to Columbia (Missouri)

The most common route is IND to DFW, then connecting to COU, 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. IND to DFW to COU
    Indianapolis International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Columbia Regional
  2. IND to ORD to COU
    Indianapolis International to Chicago O'Hare International to Columbia Regional

Airlines that fly to Columbia (Missouri)

We picked American Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and Envoy Air 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. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  2. Envoy Air (MQ)

Plan a trip to Columbia (Missouri)

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

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 335 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 10 minutes
Columbia (Missouri) is 1 hour behind Indianapolis
28 Indianapolis travel answers
3 Columbia (Missouri) travel answers


Columbia (Missouri) Airports
  1. Columbia Regional Airport

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