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Distance between Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Lexington, KY (LEX)

Flight distance from Des Moines to Lexington (Des Moines International Airport – Lexington Blue Grass Airport) is 539 miles / 867 kilometers / 468 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 1 hour 31 minutes.

Driving distance from Des Moines (DSM) to Lexington (LEX) is 661 miles / 1063 kilometers and travel time by car is about 11 hours 30 minutes.

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

Shortest flight path between Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and Lexington Blue Grass Airport (LEX).

How far is Lexington from Des Moines?

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

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 538.714 miles
  • 866.976 kilometers
  • 468.129 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
  • 537.804 miles
  • 865.511 kilometers
  • 467.339 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 Lexington Blue Grass Airport
City: Lexington, KY
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: LEX
ICAO Code: KLEX
Coordinates: 38°2′11″N, 84°36′21″W

Time difference and current local times

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

Time Difference

Des Moines, IA

 CST

Lexington, KY

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Carbon dioxide emissions

Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 104 kg (230 pounds).

Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

Des Moines (DSM) → Lexington (LEX).

Distance:
539
Elite level bonus:
0
Booking class bonus:
0

In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
539

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