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Travel time from Madison (Wisconsin) to Indianapolis

Madison (Wisconsin) to Indianapolis airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Madison (Wisconsin) to Indianapolis? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Indianapolis, 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, 8:28 am:  start in Madison (Wisconsin)
drive for about 17 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 9:40 am at the latest

8:45 am:  Dane County Regional-Truax Field (MSN)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 10:10 am

9:15 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

10:15 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

10:45 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

11:00 am:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

11:10 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 1 minute

11:11 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

11:27 am:  wheels up! take-off from MSN
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

2:06 pm (local time):  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is 1 hour ahead of Madison, WI
so the time in Madison (Wisconsin) is actually 1:06 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

2:13 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

2:55 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 42 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

3:10 pm (local time):  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

3:20 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
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

3:37 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 1 hour in the air

4:43 pm (local time):  Indianapolis International (IND)
Indianapolis is 1 hour ahead of Madison (Wisconsin)
so the time in Madison (Wisconsin) is actually 3:43 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

4:47 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at IND
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 24 minutes to your destination

5:11 pm (local time):  arrive in Indianapolis

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from MSN to IND 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 Madison (Wisconsin) to Indianapolis 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

  Change your route

Flying non-stop from Madison (Wisconsin) to Indianapolis

How far is Indianapolis from Madison (Wisconsin)? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 284 miles or 456 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 4 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, 43 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 7.7x 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.

Indianapolis Airports
  1. Indianapolis International Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Indianapolis

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from MSN to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to IND, 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 Madison (Wisconsin) to Indianapolis

The most common route is MSN to ATL, then connecting to IND, 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. MSN to ATL to IND
    Dane County Regional-Truax Field to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Indianapolis International
  2. MSN to ORD to IND
    Dane County Regional-Truax Field to Chicago O'Hare International to Indianapolis International
  3. MSN to DEN to IND
    Dane County Regional-Truax Field to Denver International to Indianapolis International
  4. MSN to DTW to IND
    Dane County Regional-Truax Field to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Indianapolis International
  5. MSN to MSP to IND
    Dane County Regional-Truax Field to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Indianapolis International
  6. MSN to MCO to IND
    Dane County Regional-Truax Field to Orlando International to Indianapolis International
  7. MSN to DFW to IND
    Dane County Regional-Truax Field to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Indianapolis International
  8. MSN to EWR to IND
    Dane County Regional-Truax Field to Newark Liberty International to Indianapolis International
  9. MSN to LGA to IND
    Dane County Regional-Truax Field to LaGuardia to Indianapolis International

Airlines that fly to Indianapolis

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. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)

Plan a trip to Indianapolis

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Indianapolis, Indiana. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Indianapolis. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Indianapolis like Indianapolis Museum of Art. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Indianapolis like What is your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis? Click the button below to explore Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis to Madison (Wisconsin), 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 Madison (Wisconsin) to Indianapolis road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Madison (Wisconsin) to Indianapolis?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 284 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 4 minutes
Indianapolis is 1 hour ahead of Madison (Wisconsin)
41 Madison (Wisconsin) travel answers
60 Indianapolis travel answers

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