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Travel time from Urbana (Illinois) to Denver

Urbana (Illinois) to Denver airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Urbana (Illinois) to Denver? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Denver, 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, 8:11 am:  start in Urbana (Illinois)
drive for about 19 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 60 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 8:55 am at the latest

8:30 am:  University of Illinois/Willard (CMI)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 9:25 am

8:45 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

9:30 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

9:45 am:  board Envoy Air flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

9:55 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 10 minutes

10:05 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 12 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:17 am:  wheels up! take-off from CMI
fly for about 38 minutes in the air

10:55 am:  Chicago O'Hare International (ORD)
Chicago, IL is the same time as Champaign/Urbana, IL
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 12 minutes to the gate

11:07 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

11:50 am:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 43 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

12:05 pm:  board United Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

12:15 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 16 minutes

12:31 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 22 minutes to taxi to the runway

12:53 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 2 hours in the air

2:03 pm (local time):  Denver International (DEN)
Denver is 1 hour behind Urbana (Illinois)
so the time in Urbana (Illinois) is actually 3:03 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 9 minutes to the gate

2:12 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at DEN
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 56 minutes to your destination

3:07 pm (local time):  arrive in Denver

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from CMI to DEN and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Urbana (Illinois) to Denver including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 6 hours

  Change your route

Flying non-stop from Urbana (Illinois) to Denver

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

Flight distance: 891 miles or 1433 km

Flight time: 2 hours, 17 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 4x faster, and saves you about 6 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.

Denver Airports
  1. Denver International Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Denver

Looking at flights on Envoy Air from CMI to ORD, and connecting flights on United Air Lines Inc. from ORD to DEN, 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 Urbana (Illinois) to Denver

The most common route is CMI to ORD, then connecting to DEN, 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. CMI to ORD to DEN
    University of Illinois/Willard to Chicago O'Hare International to Denver International
  2. BMI to ORD to DEN
    Central Illinois Regional to Chicago O'Hare International to Denver International
  3. CMI to DFW to DEN
    University of Illinois/Willard to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Denver International
  4. BMI to DFW to DEN
    Central Illinois Regional to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Denver International
  5. BMI to ATL to DEN
    Central Illinois Regional to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Denver International
  6. BMI to MSP to DEN
    Central Illinois Regional to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Denver International
  7. BMI to DTW to DEN
    Central Illinois Regional to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Denver International

Airlines that fly to Denver

We picked Envoy Air for your main flight, and United 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. Envoy Air (MQ)
  2. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  3. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  4. Frontier Airlines Inc. (F9)
  5. Spirit Air Lines (NK)
  6. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)

Plan a trip to Denver

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Denver, Colorado. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Denver. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver. A great place to eat might be Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Denver like Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Denver like Short, scenic drives from Denver? . Click the button below to explore Denver 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 Denver to Urbana (Illinois), 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 Urbana (Illinois) to Denver road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Urbana (Illinois) to Denver?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 891 miles
flight time of 2 hours, 17 minutes
Denver is 1 hour behind Urbana (Illinois)
1 Urbana (Illinois) travel answer
169 Denver travel answers

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