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Travel time from Indianapolis to Columbus


Indianapolis to Columbus airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Indianapolis 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, 9:33 am:  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 10:52 am at the latest

9:57 am:  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 11:22 am

10:27 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

11:27 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

11:57 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

12:12 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

12:22 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 14 minutes to taxi to the runway

12:36 pm:  wheels up! take-off from IND
fly for about 1 hour in the air

1:42 pm:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is the same time as Indianapolis, IN
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

1:48 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

2:34 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 46 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

2:49 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:59 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 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:14 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from SRQ
fly for about 1 hour in the air

4:21 pm (local time):  Port Columbus International (CMH)
Columbus is the same time as Indianapolis
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

4:25 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

4:44 pm (local time):  arrive in Columbus

Total travel time: 7 hours

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Flying non-stop from Indianapolis to Columbus

How far is Columbus 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: 168 miles or 271 km

Flight time: 50 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, 11 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 8.6x 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.


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


Best day of the week to fly to Columbus

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from IND 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 Indianapolis to Columbus

The most common route is IND 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. IND to ATL to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Port Columbus International
  2. IND to MCO to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Orlando International to Port Columbus International
  3. IND to DEN to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Denver International to Port Columbus International
  4. IND to DFW to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Port Columbus International
  5. IND to ORD to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Chicago O'Hare International to Port Columbus International
  6. IND to PHX to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Port Columbus International
  7. IND to MDW to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Chicago Midway International to Port Columbus International
  8. IND to BWI to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Port Columbus International
  9. IND to RSW to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Southwest Florida International to Port Columbus International
  10. IND to TPA to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Tampa International to Port Columbus International
  11. IND to LAS to CMH
    Indianapolis International to McCarran International to Port Columbus International
  12. IND to EWR to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Newark Liberty International to Port Columbus International
  13. IND to LAX to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Los Angeles International to Port Columbus International
  14. IND to IAH to CMH
    Indianapolis International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Port Columbus International
  15. IND to MSP to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Port Columbus International
  16. IND to DCA to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Ronald Reagan Washington National to Port Columbus International
  17. IND to BOS to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Logan International to Port Columbus International
  18. IND to LGA to CMH
    Indianapolis International to LaGuardia to Port Columbus International
  19. IND to DTW to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Port Columbus International
  20. IND to FLL to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Port Columbus International
  21. IND to DAL to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Dallas Love Field to Port Columbus International
  22. IND to PHL to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Philadelphia International to Port Columbus International
  23. IND to LUX to LCK
    Indianapolis International to Luxembourg Airport to Rickenbacker International
  24. IND to YMX to LCK
    Indianapolis International to Montreal International (Mirabel) to Rickenbacker International
  25. IND to JFK to CMH
    Indianapolis International to John F. Kennedy International to Port Columbus International
  26. IND to MSY to CMH
    Indianapolis International to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Port Columbus International
  27. IND to HHN to LCK
    Indianapolis International to Frankfurt Hahn to Rickenbacker International
  28. IND to LHR to LCK
    Indianapolis International to London Heathrow 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. 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's the best neighborhood in Columbus for a first time visitor? 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 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 Columbus road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Indianapolis to Columbus?

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






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 168 miles
flight time of 50 minutes
41 Indianapolis travel answers
39 Columbus travel answers










   
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