Distance between Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Fairbanks, AK (FAI)

Flight distance from Des Moines to Fairbanks (Des Moines International Airport – Fairbanks International Airport) is 2642 miles / 4252 kilometers / 2296 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 5 hours 30 minutes.

Driving distance from Des Moines (DSM) to Fairbanks (FAI) is 3375 miles / 5432 kilometers and travel time by car is about 60 hours 7 minutes.

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

Shortest flight path between Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and Fairbanks International Airport (FAI).

How far is Fairbanks from Des Moines?

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

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
• 2641.978 miles
• 4251.852 kilometers
• 2295.816 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
• 2635.892 miles
• 4242.057 kilometers
• 2290.528 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
IATA Code: DSM
ICAO Code: KDSM
Coordinates: 41°32′2″N, 93°39′47″W

B Fairbanks International Airport
City: Fairbanks, AK
Country: United States
IATA Code: FAI
ICAO Code: PAFA
Coordinates: 64°48′54″N, 147°51′21″W

Time difference and current local times

The time difference between Des Moines and Fairbanks is 3 hours. Fairbanks is 3 hours behind Des Moines.

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Carbon dioxide emissions

Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 292 kg (643 pounds).

Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

Des Moines (DSM) → Fairbanks (FAI).

Distance:
2642
Elite level bonus:
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In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
2642

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