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Distance between Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Kansas City, MO (MCI)

Flight distance from Des Moines to Kansas City (Des Moines International Airport – Kansas City International Airport) is 164 miles / 264 kilometers / 142 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 48 minutes.

Driving distance from Des Moines (DSM) to Kansas City (MCI) is 190 miles / 306 kilometers and travel time by car is about 3 hours 22 minutes.

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

Shortest flight path between Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and Kansas City International Airport (MCI).

How far is Kansas City from Des Moines?

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

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 163.954 miles
  • 263.859 kilometers
  • 142.472 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
  • 164.106 miles
  • 264.104 kilometers
  • 142.605 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 Kansas City International Airport
City: Kansas City, MO
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: MCI
ICAO Code: KMCI
Coordinates: 39°17′51″N, 94°42′50″W

Time difference and current local times

There is no time difference between Des Moines and Kansas City.

Time Difference

Des Moines, IA

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Kansas City, MO

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Carbon dioxide emissions

Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 49 kg (108 pounds).

Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

Des Moines (DSM) → Kansas City (MCI).

Distance:
164
Elite level bonus:
0
Booking class bonus:
0

In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
164

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