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Travel time from New York City to Des Moines

New York City to Des Moines airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from New York City to Des Moines? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Des Moines, 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.

Friday, 6:23 am:  start in New York City
drive for about 27 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 7:45 am at the latest

6:50 am:  Newark Liberty International (EWR)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 8:15 am

7:20 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

8:20 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

8:50 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

9:05 am:  board ExpressJet Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

9:15 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 47 minutes

10:02 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 27 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:29 am:  wheels up! take-off from EWR
fly for about 2.5 hours in the air

12:09 pm (local time):  Des Moines International (DSM)
Des Moines is 1 hour behind New York City
so the time in New York City is actually 1:09 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 8 minutes to the gate

12:17 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at DSM
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 16 minutes to your destination

12:33 pm (local time):  arrive in Des Moines

Total travel time: 7 hours

Flying non-stop from New York City to Des Moines

How far is Des Moines from New York City? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 1,022 miles or 1645 km

Flight time: 2 hours, 29 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, 10 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3.6x faster, and saves you about 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. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, you might be booking 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 Des Moines

Looking at flights on ExpressJet Airlines Inc. from EWR to DSM, 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 Friday for the flight itinerary above.

Alternate flights from New York City to Des Moines

The most common route is EWR to DSM, 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. EWR to DSM
    Newark Liberty International to Des Moines International
  2. LGA to DSM
    LaGuardia to Des Moines International

Airlines that fly to Des Moines

We picked ExpressJet Airlines Inc. for your main 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. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)

Plan a trip to Des Moines

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Des Moines, Iowa. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Des Moines. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Des Moines like What's the best neighborhood in Des Moines for a first time visitor? Click the button below to explore Des Moines 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 Des Moines to New York City, 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 Des Moines to New York City road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Des Moines to New York City?

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,022 miles
flight time of 2 hours, 29 minutes
Des Moines is 1 hour behind New York City
568 New York City travel answers
17 Des Moines travel answers

Des Moines Airports
  1. Des Moines International Airport

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