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Travel time from Indianapolis to St. Louis



Indianapolis to St. Louis airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Indianapolis to St. Louis? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach St. Louis, 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, 9:57 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 11:16 am at the latest

10:21 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 11:46 am

10:51 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

11:51 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

12:21 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

12:36 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

12:46 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 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

1:03 pm:  wheels up! take-off from IND
fly for about 1 hour in the air

2:09 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

2:16 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

3:00 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 44 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

3:15 pm:  board Delta Air Lines 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 22 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:51 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from ORD
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

4:10 pm (local time):  Lambert-St. Louis International (STL)
St. Louis is 1 hour behind Indianapolis
so the time in Indianapolis is actually 5:10 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

4:14 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at STL
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 36 minutes to your destination

4:51 pm (local time):  arrive in St. Louis

Total travel time: 8 hours




Flying non-stop from Indianapolis to St. Louis

How far is St. Louis 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: 231 miles or 371 km

Flight time: 58 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, 54 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 8.2x 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.

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 St. Louis

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from IND to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to STL, 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 St. Louis

The most common route is IND to ATL, then connecting to STL, 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 STL
    Indianapolis International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  2. IND to DEN to STL
    Indianapolis International to Denver International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  3. IND to DFW to STL
    Indianapolis International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  4. IND to ORD to STL
    Indianapolis International to Chicago O'Hare International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  5. IND to PHX to STL
    Indianapolis International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  6. IND to MCO to STL
    Indianapolis International to Orlando International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  7. IND to EWR to STL
    Indianapolis International to Newark Liberty International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  8. IND to MDW to STL
    Indianapolis International to Chicago Midway International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  9. IND to LAX to STL
    Indianapolis International to Los Angeles International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  10. IND to MSP to STL
    Indianapolis International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  11. IND to DAL to STL
    Indianapolis International to Dallas Love Field to Lambert-St. Louis International
  12. IND to LAS to STL
    Indianapolis International to McCarran International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  13. IND to CLT to STL
    Indianapolis International to Charlotte Douglas International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  14. IND to RSW to STL
    Indianapolis International to Southwest Florida International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  15. IND to LGA to STL
    Indianapolis International to LaGuardia to Lambert-St. Louis International
  16. IND to BWI to STL
    Indianapolis International to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Lambert-St. Louis International
  17. IND to MCI to STL
    Indianapolis International to Kansas City International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  18. IND to DTW to STL
    Indianapolis International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Lambert-St. Louis International
  19. IND to IAH to STL
    Indianapolis International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Lambert-St. Louis International
  20. IND to TPA to STL
    Indianapolis International to Tampa International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  21. IND to HOU to STL
    Indianapolis International to William P Hobby to Lambert-St. Louis International
  22. IND to DCA to STL
    Indianapolis International to Ronald Reagan Washington National to Lambert-St. Louis International
  23. IND to SFO to STL
    Indianapolis International to San Francisco International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  24. IND to BOS to STL
    Indianapolis International to Logan International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  25. IND to FLL to STL
    Indianapolis International to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  26. IND to PHL to STL
    Indianapolis International to Philadelphia International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  27. IND to MSY to STL
    Indianapolis International to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Lambert-St. Louis International
  28. IND to RDU to STL
    Indianapolis International to Raleigh-Durham International to Lambert-St. Louis International




Airlines that fly to St. Louis

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)
  3. Frontier Airlines Inc. (F9)




Plan a trip to St. Louis

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Saint Louis, Missouri. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in St. Louis. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch. A great place to eat might be Pappy's Smokehouse. Trippy members can suggest things to do in St. Louis like Forest Park. Check out some of the questions people have asked about St. Louis like Good St. Louis dines? Click the button below to explore St. Louis 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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Indianapolis to St. Louis?

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 231 miles
flight time of 58 minutes
St. Louis is 1 hour behind Indianapolis
26 Indianapolis travel answers
61 St. Louis travel answers

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St. Louis Airports
  1. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
  2. MidAmerica St. Louis Airport



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