The flight time from Boston to Chicago is 2 hours, 49 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves BOS Boston, MA 3 minutes early.
17 minutes taxiing out
2 hours, 15 minutes in the air
15 minutes taxiing in
Arrives ORD Chicago, IL 3 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Spirit
81%
United
80%
American
79%
JetBlue
68%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Boston to Chicago is 2 hours, 49 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 15 minutes.

The flight distance from Boston to Chicago is 867 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Chicago to Boston
2 hours, 14 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

United
2h 43m
Spirit
2h 44m
American
2h 52m
JetBlue
2h 53m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM1h2h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.51.01.52.0

Flights Per Week

139

Distance

867 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun05101520

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

American
54
United
52
JetBlue
29
Spirit
3

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Boston from Chicago by plane?

The distance from Boston to Chicago by plane is 867 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Boston to Chicago?

The flight time from Boston to Chicago is 2 hours, 49 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 15 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with United being the fastest taking 2 hours, 43 minutes, and JetBlue the slowest taking 2 hours, 53 minutes.

What airlines fly from Boston to Chicago?

Spirit, JetBlue, United, and American are the airlines with direct flights from Boston to Chicago.

Does Southwest fly from Boston to Chicago?

Southwest does not fly from Boston (BOS) 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 Boston 3 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 17 minutes
In the Air 135 minutes
Taxiing In 15 minutes
Arrives Chicago 3 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 Boston to Chicago, American is 79% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 79% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Spirit 81% 18% 1%
United 80% 19% 1%
American 79% 18% 3%
JetBlue 68% 30% 2%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Boston 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
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxiing In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
United 15 133 12 163
Spirit 14 134 16 164
American 19 136 16 172
JetBlue 16 136 18 173

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
7pm 0.62
7am 1.45
5am 1.21
9am 0.89
4pm 1.41
11am 0.62
12pm 1.67
8am 1.98
5pm 1.08
1pm 1.54
10am 1.23
3pm 0.89
6am 1.38
9pm 0.17
6pm 1.4
8pm 1.74
10pm 0.1
2pm 0.04

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Boston 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 501
February 457
March 541
April 554
May 623
June 661
July 695
August 715
September 686
October 699
November 605
December 522

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Boston 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 21.67
Tuesday 20.08
Wednesday 20.46
Thursday 21.38
Friday 21.67
Saturday 14.48
Sunday 19.85

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
American 1
United 1
JetBlue 1
Spirit 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
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxi In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
7pm 20 134 14 172
7am 21 135 14 173
5am 15 134 14 165
9am 18 135 16 172
4pm 16 135 16 172
11am 16 137 15 171
12pm 15 136 16 169
8am 16 135 15 169
5pm 19 140 18 180
1pm 15 134 14 165
10am 16 133 13 163
3pm 14 133 12 162
6am 17 137 18 174
9pm 14 137 9 160
6pm 19 133 15 171
8pm 17 132 10 162
10pm 16 135 8 159
2pm 13 133 10 163
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.