# Distance between Des Moines, IA (DSM) and Chicago, IL (MDW)

Flight distance from Des Moines to Chicago (Des Moines International Airport – Chicago Midway International Airport) is 306 miles / 493 kilometers / 266 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 1 hour 4 minutes.

Driving distance from Des Moines (DSM) to Chicago (MDW) is 334 miles / 538 kilometers and travel time by car is about 6 hours 0 minutes.

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

Shortest flight path between Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW).

## How far is Chicago from Des Moines?

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

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
• 306.337 miles
• 493.001 kilometers
• 266.199 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
• 305.545 miles
• 491.727 kilometers
• 265.512 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 Chicago Midway International Airport
City: Chicago, IL
Country: United States
IATA Code: MDW
ICAO Code: KMDW
Coordinates: 41°47′9″N, 87°45′8″W

## Time difference and current local times

There is no time difference between Des Moines and Chicago.

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## Carbon dioxide emissions

Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 67 kg (148 pounds).

## Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

Des Moines (DSM) → Chicago (MDW).

Distance:
306
Elite level bonus:
0
Booking class bonus:
0

### In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
306

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