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Travel time from Omaha to Des Moines



Omaha to Des Moines airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Omaha 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.


Thursday, 1:08 pm:  start in Omaha
drive for about 12 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 2:15 pm at the latest

1:20 pm:  Eppley Airfield (OMA)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 2:45 pm

1:50 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

2:50 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

3:20 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

3:35 pm:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

3:45 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 21 minutes

4:06 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 11 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:17 pm:  wheels up! take-off from OMA
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

4:34 pm (local time):  Denver International (DEN)
Denver, CO is 1 hour behind Omaha, NE
so the time in Omaha is actually 5:34 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

4:41 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

5:10 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 29 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

5:25 pm (local time):  board United Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

5:35 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 5 minutes

5:40 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:56 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from MSP
fly for about 1 hour in the air

8:09 pm (local time):  Des Moines International (DSM)
Des Moines is 1 hour ahead of Denver, CO
and the same time as Omaha
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

8:15 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

8:31 pm (local time):  arrive in Des Moines

Total travel time: 7 hours




Flying non-stop from Omaha to Des Moines

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

Flight distance: 123 miles or 198 km

Flight time: 45 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, 23 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 9.9x 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.



Best day of the week to fly to Des Moines

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from OMA to DEN, and connecting flights on United Air Lines Inc. from DEN 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 Thursday for the flight itinerary above.




Alternate flights from Omaha to Des Moines

The most common route is OMA to DEN, then connecting 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. OMA to DEN to DSM
    Eppley Airfield to Denver International to Des Moines International
  2. OMA to ORD to DSM
    Eppley Airfield to Chicago O'Hare International to Des Moines International
  3. OMA to PHX to DSM
    Eppley Airfield to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Des Moines International
  4. OMA to ATL to DSM
    Eppley Airfield to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Des Moines International
  5. OMA to MSP to DSM
    Eppley Airfield to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Des Moines International
  6. OMA to MDW to DSM
    Eppley Airfield to Chicago Midway International to Des Moines International
  7. OMA to DFW to DSM
    Eppley Airfield to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Des Moines International
  8. OMA to IAH to DSM
    Eppley Airfield to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Des Moines International
  9. OMA to STL to DSM
    Eppley Airfield to Lambert-St. Louis International to Des Moines International
  10. OMA to LAS to DSM
    Eppley Airfield to McCarran International to Des Moines International
  11. OMA to EWR to DSM
    Eppley Airfield to Newark Liberty International to Des Moines International
  12. OMA to DTW to DSM
    Eppley Airfield to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Des Moines International
  13. OMA to SLC to DSM
    Eppley Airfield to Salt Lake City International to Des Moines International
  14. OMA to MCO to DSM
    Eppley Airfield to Orlando International to Des Moines International
  15. OMA to LGA to DSM
    Eppley Airfield to LaGuardia to Des Moines International
  16. OFF to YYZ to DSM
    Offutt AFB to Lester B. Pearson International to Des Moines International




Airlines that fly to Des Moines

We picked Southwest Airlines Co. for your main flight, and United 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. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  2. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  3. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  4. Frontier Airlines Inc. (F9)




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 Omaha, 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 Omaha to Des Moines road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Omaha to Des Moines?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 123 miles
flight time of 45 minutes
17 Omaha travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers

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Des Moines Airports
  1. Des Moines International Airport



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