Map of flight path and driving directions from Chicago to Des Moines.
Shortest flight path between Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) and Des Moines International Airport (DSM).
How far is Des Moines from Chicago?
There are several ways to calculate distances between Chicago and Des Moines. 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).
Time difference and current local times
There is no time difference between Chicago and Des Moines.
Des Moines, IA
Carbon dioxide emissions
Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 67 kg (148 pounds).
Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator
Chicago (MDW) → Des Moines (DSM).