The flight time from Detroit to Denver is 3 hours, 4 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves DTW Detroit, MI 4 minutes early.
13 minutes taxiing out
2 hours, 40 minutes in the air
8 minutes taxiing in
Arrives DEN Denver, CO 9 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Detroit to Denver is 3 hours, 4 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 40 minutes.

The flight distance from Detroit to Denver is 1123 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Denver to Detroit
2 hours, 39 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

2h 55m
3h 2m
3h 3m
3h 21m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



1123 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Detroit from Denver by plane?

The distance from Detroit to Denver by plane is 1123 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Detroit to Denver?

The flight time from Detroit to Denver is 3 hours, 4 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 40 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Southwest being the fastest taking 2 hours, 55 minutes, and United the slowest taking 3 hours, 21 minutes.

What airlines fly from Detroit to Denver?

Frontier, Spirit, United, Southwest, and Delta are the airlines with direct flights from Detroit to Denver.

Does Southwest fly from Detroit to Denver?

Yes! Southwest does fly from Detroit (DTW) to Denver (DEN). On average, they have 8 flights per week on this route. This may vary seasonally, please check the chart above for more details.

Tables and Explanations

Data Source

Our information is computed from the latest available data from the US Department of Transportation.

Average Timeline Timeline Chart

The average timeline contains the median time a flight spends in 3 stages. The first of these three stages is taxiing out which includes the time from the flight leaving the gate to taking off. The second stage is in the air, which includes the time spent from the flight leaving the ground to touching back down at the end of it's journey. The last stage is taxiing in, which is from when the flight touches down to the flight arriving at it's gate.

The average timeline also estimates on average of when the flight will leave and arrive relative to it's stated departure time.

Leaves Detroit 4 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 13 minutes
In the Air 160 minutes
Taxiing In 8 minutes
Arrives Denver 9 minutes early

Flight Reliability Reliability Chart

The reliability of an airline measures how often the airline's flights on this route are cancelled or delayed more than 20 minutes. For example, from Detroit to Denver, Delta is 92% reliable, which means that Delta flights are on time 92% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Spirit 94% 5% 1%
Delta 92% 7% 1%
Frontier 91% 7% 2%
Southwest 91% 8% 1%
United 90% 9% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Detroit and Denver, this is due to different operational factors on the ground, as well as scheduling of planes. Each airline's flight time is split into three stages which are described above in the "Average Timeline" section. There are also miscellaneous operational issues which are included in the below total but are not accounted for in one of the three stages.

Airline Taxiing Out
In the Air
Taxiing In
Southwest 9 157 6 175
Spirit 11 159 8 180
Frontier 12 158 10 182
Delta 14 158 8 183
United 14 170 10 201

Flights By Time of Day Flight Time By Day Chart

This one is pretty self explanatory, it represents the number of flights that leave the gate in a given hour of the day. The tricky thing here is that this is normally not a whole number since it is an average over 52 weeks. Partial numbers may indicate that a flight may be seasonal or may take off at different times due to different operational factors.

Time Count
10pm 0.07
8am 1.08
5pm 0.62
1pm 0.31
6pm 0.05
7am 0.11
7pm 0.38
9am 0.89
3pm 0.13
4pm 0.56
8pm 0.16
6am 0.07
2pm 0.48
10am 0.31
12pm 1.04
9pm 0.24
11am 0.31

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Detroit to Denver that take off in a given month of the year. This number changes because some flights are seasonal, and almost all flights have uneven demand througout the year.

Month Count
January 209
February 181
March 231
April 239
May 248
June 81
July 185
August 245
September 205
October 223
November 226
December 233

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Detroit to Denver that take off on a given day of the week. Some routes only have enough demand to sustain a few trips a week, while others have many flights a day. This number is also an average across the year, and hence may not be a whole number.

Day Count
Monday 6.92
Tuesday 6.42
Wednesday 6.42
Thursday 7.04
Friday 6.87
Saturday 6.53
Sunday 7.09

Flight per Airline (per Week) Flights By Airline Chart

How many times an airline flies this route in a week. Different factors play into how often a carrier chooses to fly a given route including it's need to connect disparate routes, and demand.

Airline Flights per Week
Delta 0
United 0
Southwest 0
Spirit 0
Frontier 0

Flight Time By Time of Day Flight Time by Time of Day Chart

The total flight time varies by each hour of the day due to factors such as airport traffic. More flights leaving an airport may cause higher taxi in or taxi out times. See the description of the average timeline above for a deeper discussion of each of these times.

Time Taxi Out
In the Air
Taxi In
10pm 10 159 9 182
8am 16 160 8 185
5pm 12 170 11 197
1pm 11 159 7 180
6pm 12 160 8 178
7am 11 164 8 188
7pm 14 158 8 181
9am 16 165 10 199
3pm 13 159 8 183
4pm 12 161 8 184
8pm 13 157 8 182
6am 8 154 5 168
2pm 9 158 6 175
10am 12 156 10 180
12pm 13 158 8 180
9pm 16 159 8 184
11am 10 155 8 177
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.