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How far is Chicago, IL, from Des Moines, IA?

The distance between Des Moines (Des Moines International Airport) and Chicago (Chicago O'Hare International Airport) is 299 miles / 481 kilometers / 260 nautical miles. The estimated flight time is 1 hour and 3 minutes.

Driving distance from Des Moines (DSM) to Chicago (ORD) is 336 miles / 541 kilometers and travel time by car is about 6 hours 22 minutes.

Des Moines International Airport – Chicago O'Hare International Airport

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Distance from Des Moines to Chicago

There are several ways to calculate the distance from Des Moines to Chicago. Here are two standard methods:

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 299.092 miles
  • 481.342 kilometers
  • 259.904 nautical miles

Vincenty's formula calculates the distance between latitude/longitude points on the earth's surface using an ellipsoidal model of the planet.

Haversine formula
  • 298.326 miles
  • 480.109 kilometers
  • 259.238 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).

How long does it take to fly from Des Moines to Chicago?

The estimated flight time from Des Moines International Airport to Chicago O'Hare International Airport is 1 hour and 3 minutes.

What is the time difference between Des Moines and Chicago?

There is no time difference between Des Moines and Chicago.

Flight carbon footprint between Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

On average, flying from Des Moines to Chicago generates about 69 kg of CO2 per passenger, and 69 kilograms equals 152 pounds (lbs). The figures are estimates and include only the CO2 generated by burning jet fuel.

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

Shortest flight path between Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD).

Airport information

Origin 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
Destination Chicago O'Hare International Airport
City: Chicago, IL
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: ORD
ICAO Code: KORD
Coordinates: 41°58′42″N, 87°54′17″W

Airlines flying from Des Moines (DSM) to Chicago (ORD)

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