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

Flight distance from Chicago to Des Moines (Chicago O'Hare International Airport – Des Moines International Airport) is 299 miles / 481 kilometers / 260 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 1 hour 3 minutes.

Driving distance from Chicago (ORD) to Des Moines (DSM) is 334 miles / 538 kilometers and travel time by car is about 5 hours 55 minutes.

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

Shortest flight path between Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) 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)
  • 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 earth.

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).

Airport information


A 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

B 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

Time difference and current local times

There is no time difference between Chicago and Des Moines.

Time Difference

Chicago, IL

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Des Moines, IA

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Carbon dioxide emissions

Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 69 kg (152 pounds).

Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

Chicago (ORD) → Des Moines (DSM).

Distance:
299
Elite level bonus:
0
Booking class bonus:
0

In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
299

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