The cheapest times to fly from DTW to SBN are

  • July 2nd to August 26th (except the week of August 6th)
  • December 10th to June 10th (except the weeks of January 8th, February 26th, March 12th, March 26th, April 9th, May 7th, and May 14th)

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 SBN is mid February. Prices can be as high as $457 for Friday flights during late September, or as low as $139 for Wednesday flights around mid February.


When to Fly to South Bend

Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to South Bend, IN (SBN) 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 mid February with an average ticket price of $163. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late September, with an average price of $268. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $105 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $194 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DTW to SBN flight.

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

DTW to SBN Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DTW to SBN 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 $0.77, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SBN, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into DTW. 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 $87 (36%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $153. Return trip prices are from the SBN 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 SBN can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 16 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 SBN while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) in Fort Wayne, IN

  • 77 miles (124 km) away from SBN
  • Usually 21.39% less expensive than SBN
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to FWA flights

Destination alternative #2: Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) in Kalamazoo, MI

  • 54 miles (87 km) away from SBN
  • Usually 19.07% less expensive than SBN
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to AZO flights

Destination alternative #3: Capital Region International Airport (LAN) in Lansing, MI

  • 115 miles (185 km) away from SBN
  • Usually 15.72% less expensive than SBN
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to LAN flights

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

  • 91 miles (146 km) away from SBN
  • Usually 7.73% less expensive than SBN
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to GRR flights

Destination alternative #5: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago, IL

  • 84 miles (135 km) away from SBN
  • Usually 0.52% less expensive than SBN
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to ORD flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 3 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from South Bend International Airport to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 156 miles or 251 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DTW to SBN flight is about 1 hour 16 minutes.

How many flights go between Detroit, MI and South Bend, IN?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 54 available flights from DTW to SBN.


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 SBN
Destination airport name South Bend International Airport
City South Bend, IN
Country the United States
Latitude 41.7
Longitude -86.3


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from DTW to SBN tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 30% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 4% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SBN heading for DTW about 22 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in South Bend, IN is about 10 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 22 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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