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Travel time from Louisville to Cleveland


Louisville to Cleveland airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Louisville to Cleveland? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Cleveland, 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, 9:24 am:  start in Louisville
drive for about 17 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 10:36 am at the latest

9:41 am:  Louisville International-Standiford Field (SDF)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 11:06 am

10:11 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

11:11 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

11:41 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

11:56 am:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

12:06 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 24 minutes

12:30 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

12:45 pm:  wheels up! take-off from SDF
fly for about 58 minutes in the air

1:43 pm:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is the same time as Louisville, KY
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

1:49 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

2:30 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 41 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

2:45 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:55 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 21 minutes

3:16 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:31 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

4:49 pm (local time):  Cleveland-Hopkins International (CLE)
Cleveland is the same time as Louisville
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

4:55 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at CLE
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 31 minutes to your destination

5:26 pm (local time):  arrive in Cleveland

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from SDF to CLE 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 Louisville to Cleveland 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: 4 hours

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Flying non-stop from Louisville to Cleveland

How far is Cleveland from Louisville? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 311 miles or 501 km

Flight time: 52 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 8 hours, 2 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 6.9x 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.


Cleveland Airports
  1. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport


Best day of the week to fly to Cleveland

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from SDF to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to CLE, 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 Louisville to Cleveland

The most common route is SDF to ATL, then connecting to CLE, 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. SDF to ATL to CLE
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  2. SDF to ORD to CLE
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to Chicago O'Hare International to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  3. SDF to MDW to CLE
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to Chicago Midway International to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  4. SDF to LGA to CLE
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to LaGuardia to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  5. SDF to BWI to CLE
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  6. SDF to MCO to CLE
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to Orlando International to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  7. SDF to IAH to CLE
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  8. SDF to EWR to CLE
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to Newark Liberty International to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  9. SDF to LAS to CLE
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to McCarran International to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  10. SDF to DFW to CLE
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  11. SDF to DEN to CLE
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to Denver International to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  12. SDF to PHX to CLE
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  13. SDF to DTW to CLE
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  14. SDF to TPA to CLE
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to Tampa International to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  15. SDF to MSP to CLE
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Cleveland-Hopkins International
  16. SDF to YYZ to BKL
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to Lester B. Pearson International to Burke Lakefront
  17. SDF to YUL to BKL
    Louisville International-Standiford Field to Pierre Elliott Trudeau International to Burke Lakefront


Airlines that fly to Cleveland

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. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)
  3. Spirit Air Lines (NK)
  4. Frontier Airlines Inc. (F9)


Plan a trip to Cleveland

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Cleveland, Ohio. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Cleveland. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out The Cleveland Hostel. A great place to eat might be Lola. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Cleveland like Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Cleveland like Good restaurants for business dinner? Click the button below to explore Cleveland 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 Cleveland to Louisville, 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 Louisville to Cleveland road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Louisville to Cleveland?

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






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 311 miles
flight time of 52 minutes
47 Louisville travel answers
69 Cleveland travel answers










   
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