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Travel time from St. Louis to Oklahoma City

St. Louis to Oklahoma City airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from St. Louis to Oklahoma City? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Oklahoma City, 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, 7:09 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 8:40 am at the latest

7:45 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 9:10 am

8:15 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

9:15 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

9:45 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

10:00 am:  board Southwest Airlines Co. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:10 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 2 minutes

10:12 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 9 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:21 am:  wheels up! take-off from STL
fly for about 1 hour in the air

11:35 am (local time):  Will Rogers World (OKC)
Oklahoma City is the same time as St. Louis
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

11:40 am (local time):  arrive at the gate at OKC
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 21 minutes to your destination

12:01 pm (local time):  arrive in Oklahoma City

Total travel time: 5 hours

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Flying non-stop from St. Louis to Oklahoma City

How far is Oklahoma City 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: 459 miles or 739 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 11 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 4 hours, 52 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 4.9x faster, and saves you about 4 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.

Oklahoma City Airports
  1. Will Rogers World Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Oklahoma City

Looking at flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from STL to OKC, 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.

Airlines that fly to Oklahoma City

We picked Southwest Airlines Co. for your main 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. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)

Plan a trip to Oklahoma City

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Oklahoma City. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City. A great place to eat might be Kitchen No. 324. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Oklahoma City like Boathouse District. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Oklahoma City like Breakfast Restaurant in OKC. Click the button below to explore Oklahoma City 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 Oklahoma City 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 Oklahoma City road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from St. Louis to Oklahoma City?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 459 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 11 minutes
81 St. Louis travel answers
34 Oklahoma City travel answers

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