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Travel time from St. Louis to Gulf Shores



St. Louis to Gulf Shores airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from St. Louis to Gulf Shores? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Gulf Shores, 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, 8:29 am:  start in St. Louis
drive for about 36 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 10:00 am at the latest

9:05 am:  Lambert-St. Louis International (STL)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 10:30 am

9:35 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

10:35 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

11:05 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

11:20 am:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

11:30 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 26 minutes

11:56 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 13 minutes to taxi to the runway

12:09 pm:  wheels up! take-off from STL
fly for about 1 hour in the air

2:20 pm (local time):  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is 1 hour ahead of St. Louis, MO
so the time in St. Louis is actually 1:20 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

2:27 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

2:39 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 12 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

2:54 pm (local time):  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

3:04 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 5 minutes

3:09 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:25 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from BNA
fly for about 49 minutes in the air

3:14 pm (local time):  Pensacola International (PNS)
Gulf Shores is 1 hour behind Atlanta, GA
and the same time as St. Louis
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

3:18 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at PNS
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 1.5 hours to your destination

5:01 pm (local time):  arrive in Gulf Shores

Total travel time: 9 hours




Flying non-stop from St. Louis to Gulf Shores

How far is Gulf Shores from St. Louis? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 595 miles or 958 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 41 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, 32 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 8.5x 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. 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 Gulf Shores

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from STL to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to PNS, 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 St. Louis to Gulf Shores

The most common route is STL to ATL, then connecting to PNS, 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. STL to ATL to PNS
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Pensacola International
  2. STL to ORD to PNS
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Chicago O'Hare International to Pensacola International
  3. STL to DFW to PNS
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Pensacola International
  4. STL to IAH to PNS
    Lambert-St. Louis International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Pensacola International
  5. STL to MDW to PNS
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Chicago Midway International to Pensacola International
  6. STL to HOU to PNS
    Lambert-St. Louis International to William P Hobby to Pensacola International
  7. STL to BNA to PNS
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Nashville International to Pensacola International




Airlines that fly to Gulf Shores

We picked Delta Air Lines Inc. for your main flight, and Delta 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. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  2. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
  3. Frontier Airlines Inc. (F9)




Plan a trip to Gulf Shores

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Gulf Shores. A great place to eat might be Lambert's Cafe. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Gulf Shores like Good restaurant with a great view near Fort Morgan. Click the button below to explore Gulf Shores 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 Gulf Shores to St. Louis, 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 St. Louis to Gulf Shores road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from St. Louis to Gulf Shores?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 595 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 41 minutes
59 St. Louis travel answers
3 Gulf Shores travel answers

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Gulf Shores Airports
  1. Pensacola International Airport
  2. Mobile Regional Airport



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