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Travel time from Sparta (Kentucky) to Springfield (Illinois)



Sparta (Kentucky) to Springfield (Illinois) airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Sparta (Kentucky) to Springfield (Illinois)? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Springfield (Illinois), 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, 3:33 am:  start in Sparta (Kentucky)
drive for about 1.5 hours
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 5:55 am at the latest

5:00 am:  Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International (CVG)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 6:25 am

5:30 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

6:30 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

7:00 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

7:15 am:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:25 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 7 minutes

7:32 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 27 minutes to taxi to the runway

7:59 am:  wheels up! take-off from CVG
fly for about 55 minutes in the air

7:54 am (local time):  Chicago O'Hare International (ORD)
Chicago, IL is 1 hour behind Cincinnati, OH
so the time in Sparta (Kentucky) is actually 8:54 am
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 11 minutes to the gate

8:05 am (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

8:40 am (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 35 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

8:55 am (local time):  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

9:05 am (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 14 minutes

9:19 am (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 20 minutes to taxi to the runway

9:39 am (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from PGD
fly for about 35 minutes in the air

10:14 am (local time):  Abraham Lincoln Capital (SPI)
Springfield (Illinois) is 1 hour behind Sparta (Kentucky)
so the time in Sparta (Kentucky) is actually 11:14 am
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

10:19 am (local time):  arrive at the gate at SPI
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 10 minutes to your destination

10:29 am (local time):  arrive in Springfield (Illinois)

Total travel time: 8 hours




Flying non-stop from Sparta (Kentucky) to Springfield (Illinois)

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

Flight distance: 266 miles or 428 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 2 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, 56 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 7.9x faster, and saves you about 7 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 Springfield (Illinois)

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from CVG to ORD, and connecting flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from ORD to SPI, 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 Sparta (Kentucky) to Springfield (Illinois)

The most common route is CVG to ORD, then connecting to SPI, 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. CVG to ORD to SPI
    Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International to Chicago O'Hare International to Abraham Lincoln Capital
  2. CVG to DFW to SPI
    Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Abraham Lincoln Capital




Airlines that fly to Springfield (Illinois)

We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and SkyWest 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. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  2. Envoy Air (MQ)
  3. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  4. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)




Plan a trip to Springfield (Illinois)

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Springfield, Illinois. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Springfield (Illinois). Click the button below to explore Springfield (Illinois) 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 Springfield (Illinois) to Sparta (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 Sparta (Kentucky) to Springfield (Illinois) road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Sparta (Kentucky) to Springfield (Illinois)?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 266 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 2 minutes
Springfield (Illinois) is 1 hour behind Sparta (Kentucky)
7 Springfield (Illinois) travel answers

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Springfield (Illinois) Airports
  1. Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport
  2. Decatur Airport



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