The cheapest times to fly from DTW to TVC are

  • January 1st to February 25th (except the week of February 12th)
  • April 2nd to June 10th (except the week of May 21st)
  • October 1st to December 16th (except the weeks of October 8th, November 19th, and November 26th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from DTW to TVC is late October to early November. Prices can be as high as $522 for Thursday flights during late June, or as low as $139 for Tuesday flights around late October to early November.


When to Fly to Traverse City

Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to Traverse City, MI (TVC) will usually cost between $149 to $324 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October to early November with an average ticket price of $166. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late June, with an average price of $341. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $176 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $197 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DTW to TVC flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the DTW to TVC route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

DTW to TVC Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DTW to TVC flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Detroit. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.59, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Thursdays are the most expensive days to fly to Traverse City, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Detroit. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $57 (25%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $173. Return trip prices are from the TVC to DTW flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from DTW to TVC can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 21 minutes may be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from DTW to TVC while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: MBS International Airport (MBS) in Saginaw/Bay City/Midland, MI

  • 112 miles (180 km) away from TVC
  • Usually 16.79% less expensive than TVC
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to MBS flights

Destination alternative #2: Capital Region International Airport (LAN) in Lansing, MI

  • 144 miles (232 km) away from TVC
  • Usually 16.79% less expensive than TVC
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to LAN flights

Destination alternative #3: Alpena County Regional Airport (APN) in Alpena, MI

  • 102 miles (164 km) away from TVC
  • Usually 9.92% less expensive than TVC
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to APN flights

Destination alternative #4: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, MI

  • 129 miles (208 km) away from TVC
  • Usually 8.91% less expensive than TVC
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to GRR flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from DTW to TVC? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Iberia, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Cherry Capital Airport to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 207 miles or 333 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from DTW to TVC?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DTW to TVC flight is about 1 hour 21 minutes.

How many flights go between Detroit, MI and Traverse City, MI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 52 available flights from DTW to TVC.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code DTW
Origination airport name Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport
City Detroit, MI
Country the United States
Latitude 42.2
Longitude -83.4

Return Airport

Destination code TVC
Destination airport name Cherry Capital Airport
City Traverse City, MI
Country the United States
Latitude 44.7
Longitude -85.6


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from DTW to TVC tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 34% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 8% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave TVC heading for DTW about 24 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Traverse City, MI is about 18 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Delta: 21 minutes late
  • SkyWest: 25 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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