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Travel time from St. Louis to Urbana (Illinois)


St. Louis to Urbana (Illinois) airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from St. Louis to Urbana (Illinois)? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Urbana (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, 6:34 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 8:05 am at the latest

7:10 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 8:35 am

7:40 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

8:40 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

9:10 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

9:25 am:  board American Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

9:35 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 2 minutes

9:37 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

9:53 am:  wheels up! take-off from STL
fly for about 48 minutes in the air

10:41 am:  Chicago O'Hare International (ORD)
Chicago, IL is the same time as St. Louis, MO
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 11 minutes to the gate

10:52 am:  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

11:20 am:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 28 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

11:35 am:  board Envoy Air connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

11:45 am:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 2 minutes

11:47 am:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 14 minutes to taxi to the runway

12:01 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 29 minutes in the air

12:30 pm (local time):  University of Illinois/Willard (CMI)
Urbana (Illinois) is the same time as St. Louis
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

12:34 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at CMI
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 19 minutes to your destination

12:52 pm (local time):  arrive in Urbana (Illinois)

Total travel time: 6 hours

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Flying non-stop from St. Louis to Urbana (Illinois)

How far is Urbana (Illinois) 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: 148 miles or 238 km

Flight time: 48 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 6 hours, 19 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 7.9x faster, and saves you about 5.5 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.


Urbana (Illinois) Airports
  1. University of Illinois Willard Airport
  2. Decatur Airport
  3. Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal


Best day of the week to fly to Urbana (Illinois)

Looking at flights on American Airlines Inc. from STL to ORD, and connecting flights on Envoy Air from ORD to CMI, 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 Urbana (Illinois)

The most common route is STL to ORD, then connecting to CMI, 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 ORD to CMI
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Chicago O'Hare International to University of Illinois/Willard
  2. STL to DFW to CMI
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to University of Illinois/Willard
  3. STL to YYZ to DEC
    Lambert-St. Louis International to Lester B. Pearson International to Decatur Airport


Airlines that fly to Urbana (Illinois)

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


Plan a trip to Urbana (Illinois)

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 148 miles
flight time of 48 minutes
62 St. Louis travel answers
1 Urbana (Illinois) travel answer










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