# Distance between Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Lake Charles, LA (LCH)

Flight distance from Des Moines to Lake Charles (Des Moines International Airport – Lake Charles Regional Airport) is 787 miles / 1266 kilometers / 684 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 1 hour 59 minutes.

Driving distance from Des Moines (DSM) to Lake Charles (LCH) is 920 miles / 1480 kilometers and travel time by car is about 17 hours 7 minutes.

## Map of flight path and driving directions from Des Moines to Lake Charles.

Shortest flight path between Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and Lake Charles Regional Airport (LCH).

## How far is Lake Charles from Des Moines?

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

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
• 786.908 miles
• 1266.405 kilometers
• 683.804 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
• 788.592 miles
• 1269.117 kilometers
• 685.268 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 Lake Charles Regional Airport
City: Lake Charles, LA
Country: United States
IATA Code: LCH
ICAO Code: KLCH
Coordinates: 30°7′33″N, 93°13′23″W

## Time difference and current local times

There is no time difference between Des Moines and Lake Charles.

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## Carbon dioxide emissions

Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 134 kg (294 pounds).

## Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

Des Moines (DSM) → Lake Charles (LCH).

Distance:
787
Elite level bonus:
0
Booking class bonus:
0

### In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
787

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