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Travel time from Nashville to Louisville



Nashville to Louisville airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Nashville to Louisville? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Louisville, 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, 1:17 pm:  start in Nashville
drive for about 18 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 2:30 pm at the latest

1:35 pm:  Nashville International (BNA)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 3:00 pm

2:05 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

3:05 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

3:35 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

3:50 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:00 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 12 minutes

4:12 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:29 pm:  wheels up! take-off from BNA
fly for about 40 minutes in the air

6:09 pm (local time):  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is 1 hour ahead of Nashville, TN
so the time in Nashville is actually 5:09 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

6:16 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

6:57 pm (local time):  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

7:12 pm (local time):  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:22 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 2 minutes

7:24 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

7:40 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from ATL
fly for about 54 minutes in the air

8:34 pm (local time):  Louisville International-Standiford Field (SDF)
Louisville is 1 hour ahead of Nashville
so the time in Nashville is actually 7:34 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

8:40 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at SDF
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 17 minutes to your destination

8:57 pm (local time):  arrive in Louisville

Total travel time: 7 hours




Flying non-stop from Nashville to Louisville

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

Flight distance: 155 miles or 249 km

Flight time: 49 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 6 hours, 40 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 8.2x 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 Louisville

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

The most common route is BNA to ATL, then connecting to SDF, 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. BNA to ATL to SDF
    Nashville International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Louisville International-Standiford Field
  2. BNA to MDW to SDF
    Nashville International to Chicago Midway International to Louisville International-Standiford Field
  3. BNA to BWI to SDF
    Nashville International to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Louisville International-Standiford Field
  4. BNA to DFW to SDF
    Nashville International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Louisville International-Standiford Field
  5. BNA to DEN to SDF
    Nashville International to Denver International to Louisville International-Standiford Field
  6. BNA to ORD to SDF
    Nashville International to Chicago O'Hare International to Louisville International-Standiford Field
  7. BNA to DTW to SDF
    Nashville International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Louisville International-Standiford Field
  8. BNA to MCO to SDF
    Nashville International to Orlando International to Louisville International-Standiford Field
  9. BNA to TPA to SDF
    Nashville International to Tampa International to Louisville International-Standiford Field
  10. BNA to EWR to SDF
    Nashville International to Newark Liberty International to Louisville International-Standiford Field
  11. BNA to IAH to SDF
    Nashville International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Louisville International-Standiford Field
  12. BNA to LAS to SDF
    Nashville International to McCarran International to Louisville International-Standiford Field
  13. BNA to PHX to SDF
    Nashville International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Louisville International-Standiford Field
  14. BNA to LGA to SDF
    Nashville International to LaGuardia to Louisville International-Standiford Field
  15. BNA to MSP to SDF
    Nashville International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Louisville International-Standiford Field
  16. TN8 to YYZ to SDF
    John C Tune to Lester B. Pearson International to Louisville International-Standiford Field




Airlines that fly to Louisville

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. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)




Plan a trip to Louisville

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Louisville, Kentucky. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Louisville. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out 21C Museum Hotel. A great place to eat might be Seviche, A Latin Restaurant. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Louisville like Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Louisville like What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville? Click the button below to explore Louisville 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 Louisville to Nashville, 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 Nashville road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Louisville to Nashville?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 155 miles
flight time of 49 minutes
Louisville is 1 hour ahead of Nashville
129 Nashville travel answers
35 Louisville travel answers

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Louisville Airports
  1. Louisville International Airport



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