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Travel time from Indianapolis to Memphis



Indianapolis to Memphis airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Indianapolis to Memphis? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Memphis, 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, 1:46 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 3:05 pm at the latest

2:10 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 3:35 pm

2:40 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

3:40 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

4:10 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

4:25 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:35 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 10 minutes

4:45 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:01 pm:  wheels up! take-off from IND
fly for about 1 hour in the air

6:09 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 7 minutes to the gate

6:16 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

6:45 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 29 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

7:00 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:10 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 3 minutes

7:13 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

7:30 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 58 minutes in the air

7:28 pm (local time):  Memphis International (MEM)
Memphis is 1 hour behind Indianapolis
so the time in Indianapolis is actually 8:28 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

7:33 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at MEM
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 25 minutes to your destination

7:58 pm (local time):  arrive in Memphis

Total travel time: 7 hours




Flying non-stop from Indianapolis to Memphis

How far is Memphis 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: 384 miles or 617 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 3 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, 12 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 7.2x faster, and saves you about 6 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 Memphis

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from IND to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to MEM, 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 Memphis

The most common route is IND to ATL, then connecting to MEM, 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 MEM
    Indianapolis International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Memphis International
  2. IND to DFW to MEM
    Indianapolis International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Memphis International
  3. IND to DEN to MEM
    Indianapolis International to Denver International to Memphis International
  4. IND to CLT to MEM
    Indianapolis International to Charlotte Douglas International to Memphis International
  5. IND to MCO to MEM
    Indianapolis International to Orlando International to Memphis International
  6. IND to IAH to MEM
    Indianapolis International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Memphis International
  7. IND to ORD to MEM
    Indianapolis International to Chicago O'Hare International to Memphis International
  8. IND to PHX to MEM
    Indianapolis International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Memphis International
  9. IND to EWR to MEM
    Indianapolis International to Newark Liberty International to Memphis International
  10. IND to TPA to MEM
    Indianapolis International to Tampa International to Memphis International
  11. IND to LAX to MEM
    Indianapolis International to Los Angeles International to Memphis International
  12. IND to MSP to MEM
    Indianapolis International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Memphis International
  13. IND to DTW to MEM
    Indianapolis International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Memphis International
  14. IND to MDW to MEM
    Indianapolis International to Chicago Midway International to Memphis International
  15. IND to BWI to MEM
    Indianapolis International to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Memphis International
  16. IND to HOU to MEM
    Indianapolis International to William P Hobby to Memphis International
  17. IND to DAL to MEM
    Indianapolis International to Dallas Love Field to Memphis International
  18. IND to LGA to MEM
    Indianapolis International to LaGuardia to Memphis International




Airlines that fly to Memphis

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 Memphis

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Memphis, Tennessee. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Memphis. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Peabody Hotel. A great place to eat might be Central BBQ. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Memphis like Beale Street. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Memphis like What are the musts of Memphis, y'all? Click the button below to explore Memphis 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 Memphis 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 Memphis to Indianapolis road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Memphis to Indianapolis?

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 384 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 3 minutes
Memphis is 1 hour behind Indianapolis
13 Indianapolis travel answers
60 Memphis travel answers








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