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Travel time from Keystone (South Dakota) to Hardin (Montana)

Keystone (South Dakota) to Hardin (Montana) airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Keystone (South Dakota) to Hardin (Montana)? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Hardin (Montana), 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.

Wednesday, 12:48 pm:  start in Keystone (South Dakota)
drive for about 1 hour
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 2:45 pm at the latest

1:50 pm:  Rapid City Regional (RAP)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 3:15 pm

2:20 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

3:20 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

3:50 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

4:05 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:15 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 2 minutes

4:17 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 20 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:37 pm:  wheels up! take-off from RAP
fly for about 1 hour in the air

6:47 pm (local time):  Minneapolis-St Paul International (MSP)
Minneapolis, MN is 1 hour ahead of Rapid City, SD
so the time in Keystone (South Dakota) is actually 5:47 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 8 minutes to the gate

6:55 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

7:49 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 54 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

8:04 pm (local time):  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

8:14 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 2 minutes

8:16 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 22 minutes to taxi to the runway

8:38 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 2 hours in the air

9:32 pm (local time):  Billings Logan International (BIL)
Hardin (Montana) is 1 hour behind Minneapolis, MN
and the same time as Keystone (South Dakota)
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

9:36 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at BIL
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 2.5 hours to your destination

11:52 pm (local time):  arrive in Hardin (Montana)

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from RAP to BIL and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Keystone (South Dakota) to Hardin (Montana) including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 6 hours

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Flying non-stop from Keystone (South Dakota) to Hardin (Montana)

How far is Hardin (Montana) from Keystone (South Dakota)? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 242 miles or 389 km

Flight time: 59 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 11 hours, 4 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 11.2x faster, and saves you about 10 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.

Hardin (Montana) Airports
  1. Billings Logan International Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Hardin (Montana)

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from RAP to MSP, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from MSP to BIL, 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 Wednesday for the flight itinerary above.

Alternate flights from Keystone (South Dakota) to Hardin (Montana)

The most common route is RAP to MSP, then connecting to BIL, 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. RAP to MSP to BIL
    Rapid City Regional to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Billings Logan International
  2. RAP to DEN to BIL
    Rapid City Regional to Denver International to Billings Logan International
  3. RAP to SLC to BIL
    Rapid City Regional to Salt Lake City International to Billings Logan International

Airlines that fly to Hardin (Montana)

We picked SkyWest Airlines 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. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  2. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  3. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)

Plan a trip to Hardin (Montana)

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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 Hardin (Montana) to Keystone (South Dakota), 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 Keystone (South Dakota) to Hardin (Montana) road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Keystone (South Dakota) to Hardin (Montana)?

If you happen to know Keystone (South Dakota), don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Keystone (South Dakota)!

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 242 miles
flight time of 59 minutes
6 Keystone (South Dakota) travel answers
3 Hardin (Montana) travel answers

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