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Travel time from St. Louis to Indianapolis



St. Louis to Indianapolis airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from St. Louis to Indianapolis? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Indianapolis, 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, 12:29 pm:  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 2:00 pm at the latest

1:05 pm:  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 2:30 pm

1:35 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

2:35 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

3:05 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

3:20 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

3:30 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 20 minutes

3:50 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 12 minutes to taxi to the runway

4:02 pm:  wheels up! take-off from STL
fly for about 1 hour in the air

6:11 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 5:11 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

6:18 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

6:40 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 22 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

6:55 pm (local time):  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:05 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 19 minutes

7:24 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

7:41 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from ORD
fly for about 1 hour in the air

8:47 pm (local time):  Indianapolis International (IND)
Indianapolis is 1 hour ahead of St. Louis
so the time in St. Louis is actually 7:47 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

8:52 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at IND
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 24 minutes to your destination

9:16 pm (local time):  arrive in Indianapolis

Total travel time: 8 hours




Flying non-stop from St. Louis to Indianapolis

How far is Indianapolis 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: 231 miles or 371 km

Flight time: 58 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, 47 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 8.1x 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 Indianapolis

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from STL to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to IND, 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 St. Louis to Indianapolis

The most common route is STL to ATL, then connecting to IND, 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 IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Indianapolis International
  2. STL to DEN to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Denver International to Indianapolis International
  3. STL to DFW to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Indianapolis International
  4. STL to ORD to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Chicago O'Hare International to Indianapolis International
  5. STL to PHX to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Indianapolis International
  6. STL to MCO to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Orlando International to Indianapolis International
  7. STL to EWR to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Newark Liberty International to Indianapolis International
  8. STL to MDW to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Chicago Midway International to Indianapolis International
  9. STL to LAX to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Los Angeles International to Indianapolis International
  10. STL to MSP to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Indianapolis International
  11. STL to DAL to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Dallas Love Field to Indianapolis International
  12. STL to LAS to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to McCarran International to Indianapolis International
  13. STL to RSW to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Southwest Florida International to Indianapolis International
  14. STL to LGA to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to LaGuardia to Indianapolis International
  15. STL to CLT to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Charlotte Douglas International to Indianapolis International
  16. STL to BWI to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Indianapolis International
  17. STL to DTW to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Indianapolis International
  18. STL to IAH to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Indianapolis International
  19. STL to MCI to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Kansas City International to Indianapolis International
  20. STL to TPA to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Tampa International to Indianapolis International
  21. STL to HOU to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to William P Hobby to Indianapolis International
  22. STL to DCA to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Ronald Reagan Washington National to Indianapolis International
  23. STL to SFO to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to San Francisco International to Indianapolis International
  24. STL to BOS to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Logan International to Indianapolis International
  25. STL to FLL to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Indianapolis International
  26. STL to PHL to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Philadelphia International to Indianapolis International
  27. STL to MSY to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Indianapolis International
  28. STL to RDU to IND
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Raleigh-Durham International to Indianapolis International




Airlines that fly to Indianapolis

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 Indianapolis

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Indianapolis, Indiana. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Indianapolis. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Indianapolis like Indianapolis Museum of Art. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Indianapolis like What is your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis? Click the button below to explore Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from St. Louis to Indianapolis?

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 231 miles
flight time of 58 minutes
Indianapolis is 1 hour ahead of St. Louis
62 St. Louis travel answers
28 Indianapolis travel answers

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Indianapolis Airports
  1. Indianapolis International Airport



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