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Travel time from Rapid City to Omaha

Rapid City to Omaha airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Rapid City to Omaha? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Omaha, 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, 2:04 pm:  start in Rapid City
drive for about 27 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 3:26 pm at the latest

2:31 pm:  Rapid City Regional (RAP)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 3:56 pm

3:01 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

4:01 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

4:31 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

4:46 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:56 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 19 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:15 pm:  wheels up! take-off from RAP
fly for about 56 minutes in the air

6:11 pm:  Denver International (DEN)
Denver, CO is the same time as Rapid City, SD
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 9 minutes to the gate

6:20 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

7:10 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 50 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

7:25 pm:  board Southwest Airlines Co. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:35 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 4 minutes

7:39 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 14 minutes to taxi to the runway

7:53 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 1 hour in the air

9:54 pm (local time):  Eppley Airfield (OMA)
Omaha is 1 hour ahead of Rapid City
so the time in Rapid City is actually 8:54 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

9:58 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at OMA
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 11 minutes to your destination

10:09 pm (local time):  arrive in Omaha

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from RAP to OMA 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 Rapid City to Omaha 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 Rapid City to Omaha

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

Flight distance: 419 miles or 675 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 20 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, 5 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 7.1x 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.

Omaha Airports
  1. Eppley Airfield

Best day of the week to fly to Omaha

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from RAP to DEN, and connecting flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from DEN to OMA, 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 Rapid City to Omaha

The most common route is RAP to DEN, then connecting to OMA, 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. RAP to DEN to OMA
    Rapid City Regional to Denver International to Eppley Airfield
  2. RAP to MSP to OMA
    Rapid City Regional to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Eppley Airfield
  3. RAP to ORD to OMA
    Rapid City Regional to Chicago O'Hare International to Eppley Airfield
  4. RAP to DFW to OMA
    Rapid City Regional to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Eppley Airfield
  5. RAP to SLC to OMA
    Rapid City Regional to Salt Lake City International to Eppley Airfield

Airlines that fly to Omaha

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

Plan a trip to Omaha

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Omaha, Nebraska. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Omaha. A great place to eat might be M's Pub. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Omaha like Henry Doorly Zoo. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Omaha like Best free things to do in Omaha? Click the button below to explore Omaha 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 Omaha to Rapid 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 Rapid City to Omaha road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Rapid City to Omaha?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 419 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 20 minutes
Omaha is 1 hour ahead of Rapid City
13 Rapid City travel answers
17 Omaha travel answers

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