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Distance between Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Detroit, MI (DTW)

Flight distance from Des Moines to Detroit (Des Moines International Airport – Detroit Metropolitan Airport) is 534 miles / 859 kilometers / 464 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 1 hour 30 minutes.

Driving distance from Des Moines (DSM) to Detroit (DTW) is 588 miles / 947 kilometers and travel time by car is about 10 hours 16 minutes.

Map of flight path and driving directions from Des Moines to Detroit.

Shortest flight path between Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW).

How far is Detroit from Des Moines?

There are several ways to calculate distances between Des Moines and Detroit. Here are two common methods:

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 533.534 miles
  • 858.640 kilometers
  • 463.629 nautical miles

Vincenty's formula calculates the distance between latitude/longitude points on the earth’s surface, using an ellipsoidal model of the earth.

Haversine formula
  • 532.158 miles
  • 856.425 kilometers
  • 462.433 nautical miles

The haversine formula calculates the distance between latitude/longitude points assuming a spherical earth (great-circle distance – the shortest distance between two points).

Airport information


A Des Moines International Airport
City: Des Moines, IA
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: DSM
ICAO Code: KDSM
Coordinates: 41°32′2″N, 93°39′47″W

B Detroit Metropolitan Airport
City: Detroit, MI
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: DTW
ICAO Code: KDTW
Coordinates: 42°12′44″N, 83°21′12″W

Time difference and current local times

The time difference between Des Moines and Detroit is 1 hour. Detroit is 1 hour ahead of Des Moines.

Time Difference

Des Moines, IA

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Detroit, MI

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Carbon dioxide emissions

Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 104 kg (228 pounds).

Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

Des Moines (DSM) → Detroit (DTW).

Distance:
534
Elite level bonus:
0
Booking class bonus:
0

In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
534

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