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Travel time from Shelbyville (Kentucky) to Charleston (West Virginia)

Shelbyville (Kentucky) to Charleston (West Virginia) airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Shelbyville (Kentucky) to Charleston (West Virginia)? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Charleston (West Virginia), 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.

Tuesday, 2:13 pm:  start in Shelbyville (Kentucky)
drive for about 2 hours
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 4:56 pm at the latest

4:01 pm:  Blue Grass (LEX)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 5:26 pm

4:31 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

5:31 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

6:01 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

6:16 pm:  board ExpressJet Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

6:26 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 16 minutes

6:42 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

6:58 pm:  wheels up! take-off from LEX
fly for about 1 hour in the air

8:00 pm:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is the same time as Lexington, KY
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 8 minutes to the gate

8:08 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

8:35 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 27 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

8:50 pm:  board ExpressJet Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

9:00 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 23 minutes

9:23 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

9:41 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 52 minutes in the air

10:33 pm (local time):  Yeager (CRW)
Charleston (West Virginia) is the same time as Shelbyville (Kentucky)
taxi on the runway for an average of 2 minutes to the gate

10:35 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at CRW
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 8 minutes to your destination

10:43 pm (local time):  arrive in Charleston (West Virginia)

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from SDF to CRW 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 Shelbyville (Kentucky) to Charleston (West Virginia) 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: 5 hours

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Flying non-stop from Shelbyville (Kentucky) to Charleston (West Virginia)

How far is Charleston (West Virginia) from Shelbyville (Kentucky)? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 195 miles or 315 km

Flight time: 30 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 8 hours, 30 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 11.1x faster, and saves you about 7.5 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.

Charleston (West Virginia) Airports
  1. Yeager Airport
  2. Beckley Raleigh County Memorial Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Charleston (West Virginia)

Looking at flights on ExpressJet Airlines Inc. from LEX to ATL, and connecting flights on ExpressJet Airlines Inc. from ATL to CRW, 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 Tuesday for the flight itinerary above.

Alternate flights from Shelbyville (Kentucky) to Charleston (West Virginia)

The most common route is LEX to ATL, then connecting to CRW, 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. LEX to ATL to CRW
    Blue Grass to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Yeager
  2. LEX to ORD to CRW
    Blue Grass to Chicago O'Hare International to Yeager
  3. LEX to IAH to CRW
    Blue Grass to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Yeager

Airlines that fly to Charleston (West Virginia)

We picked ExpressJet Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and ExpressJet Airlines 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. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)
  2. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  3. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)

Plan a trip to Charleston (West Virginia)

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Charleston, West Virginia. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Charleston (West Virginia). Check out some of the questions people have asked about Charleston (West Virginia) like Historic sites. Click the button below to explore Charleston (West Virginia) 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 Charleston (West Virginia) to Shelbyville (Kentucky), 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 Shelbyville (Kentucky) to Charleston (West Virginia) road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Shelbyville (Kentucky) to Charleston (West Virginia)?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 195 miles
flight time of 30 minutes
15 Charleston (West Virginia) travel answers

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