The flight time from Austin to Chicago is 2 hours, 36 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves AUS Austin, TX 4 minutes early.
13 minutes taxiing out
2 hours, 9 minutes in the air
12 minutes taxiing in
Arrives ORD Chicago, IL 8 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Austin to Chicago is 2 hours, 36 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 9 minutes.

The flight distance from Austin to Chicago is 977 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Chicago to Austin
2 hours, 42 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

2h 36m
2h 36m
2h 39m
2h 40m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m2h2h 30m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



977 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Austin from Chicago by plane?

The distance from Austin to Chicago by plane is 977 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Austin to Chicago?

The flight time from Austin to Chicago is 2 hours, 36 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 9 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with American being the fastest taking 2 hours, 36 minutes, and Frontier the slowest taking 2 hours, 40 minutes.

What airlines fly from Austin to Chicago?

Frontier, Spirit, American, and United are the airlines with direct flights from Austin to Chicago.

Does Southwest fly from Austin to Chicago?

Southwest does not fly from Austin (AUS) to Chicago (ORD). Keep in mind that Southwest may fly to other nearby airports, as they will often fly into smaller airpors instead of larger ones. This is because the costs are often lower to fly into smaller airports, and they pass the savings on to you.

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 Austin 4 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 13 minutes
In the Air 129 minutes
Taxiing In 12 minutes
Arrives Chicago 8 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 Austin to Chicago, Frontier is 71% reliable, which means that Frontier flights are on time 71% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 85% 14% 1%
American 80% 16% 4%
Spirit 79% 19% 2%
Frontier 71% 29% 0%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Austin and Chicago, 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
United 13 130 12 156
American 13 130 12 156
Spirit 13 128 16 159
Frontier 14 131 13 160

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
5am 0.09
0am 0.01
11am 0.08
7am 0.47
5pm 0.94
6am 0.54
8am 1.24
8pm 0
6pm 0.78
1pm 1.47
2pm 0.77
12pm 0.37
9pm 0
3pm 0.08
9am 0.53
10am 0.77

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Austin to Chicago 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 210
February 201
March 241
April 253
May 278
June 272
July 275
August 271
September 265
October 281
November 260
December 234

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Austin to Chicago 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 8.56
Tuesday 8.69
Wednesday 8.08
Thursday 8.9
Friday 8.44
Saturday 6.9
Sunday 8.9

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
United 1
American 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
5am 13 128 11 158
0am 19 128 8 155
11am 13 131 11 154
7am 14 128 11 154
5pm 13 130 14 159
6am 13 132 12 160
8am 14 130 12 157
8pm 14 122 12 148
6pm 13 127 12 154
1pm 13 129 13 157
2pm 14 129 11 155
12pm 13 128 14 158
9pm 10 124 4 138
3pm 14 130 11 157
9am 13 130 10 151
10am 13 130 12 156
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.