The cheapest times to fly from DEN to RAP are

  • early February
  • February 19th to March 18th
  • March 26th to June 24th
  • July 2nd to July 29th

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 DEN to RAP is late December. Prices can be as high as $419 for Friday flights during early August, or as low as $389 for Tuesday flights around late December.


When to Fly to Rapid City

Flying from Denver, CO (DEN) to Rapid City, SD (RAP) will usually cost between $389 to $404 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late December with an average ticket price of $389. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $393. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $4 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $404 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DEN to RAP flight.

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

DEN to RAP Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DEN to RAP flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Denver. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.83, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $2 (1%) 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 $389. Return trip prices are from the RAP to DEN 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 DEN to RAP can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 31 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 DEN to RAP while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Chadron Municipal Airport (CDR) in Chadron, NE

  • 83 miles (134 km) away from RAP
  • Usually 74.50% less expensive than RAP
  • Nonstop flights available

See DEN to CDR flights

Destination alternative #2: Alliance Municipal Airport (AIA) in Alliance, NE

  • 138 miles (222 km) away from RAP
  • Usually 74.50% less expensive than RAP
  • Nonstop flights available

See DEN to AIA flights

Destination alternative #3: Pierre Regional Airport (PIR) in Pierre, SD

  • 139 miles (224 km) away from RAP
  • Usually 47.28% less expensive than RAP
  • Nonstop flights available

See DEN to PIR flights

Destination alternative #4: Gillette Campbell County Airport (GCC) in Gillette, WY

  • 125 miles (201 km) away from RAP
  • Usually 31.68% less expensive than RAP
  • Nonstop flights available

See DEN to GCC flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from DEN to RAP? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Rapid City Regional Airport to Denver International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 301 miles or 484 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from DEN to RAP?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DEN to RAP flight is about 1 hour 31 minutes.

How many flights go between Denver, CO and Rapid City, SD?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 47 available flights from DEN to RAP.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code DEN
Origination airport name Denver International Airport
City Denver, CO
Country the United States
Latitude 39.9
Longitude -104.7

Return Airport

Destination code RAP
Destination airport name Rapid City Regional Airport
City Rapid City, SD
Country the United States
Latitude 44
Longitude -103.1


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from DEN to RAP tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 35% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 17% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave RAP heading for DEN about 24 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Rapid City, SD is about 23 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 24 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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