The flight time from Boston to Chicago is 2 hours, 44 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves BOS Boston, MA 4 minutes early.
15 minutes taxiing out
2 hours, 13 minutes in the air
14 minutes taxiing in
Arrives ORD Chicago, IL 14 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

United
89%
American
87%
Delta
86%
JetBlue
83%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Boston to Chicago is 2 hours, 44 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 13 minutes.

The flight distance from Boston to Chicago is 867 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Chicago to Boston
2 hours, 13 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

United
2h 40m
JetBlue
2h 41m
American
2h 47m
Delta
2h 47m
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 ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.51.01.52.0

Flights Per Week

94

Distance

867 Miles

Flights By Month ?

JFMAMJJASOND0200400600

Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun051015

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

American
35
United
33
Delta
17
JetBlue
8

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, 44 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 13 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with United being the fastest taking 2 hours, 40 minutes, and Delta the slowest taking 2 hours, 47 minutes.

What airlines fly from Boston to Chicago?

JetBlue, United, American, and Delta 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 4 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 15 minutes
In the Air 133 minutes
Taxiing In 14 minutes
Arrives Chicago 14 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 87% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 87% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 89% 8% 3%
American 87% 10% 3%
Delta 86% 12% 2%
JetBlue 83% 15% 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 13 132 13 160
JetBlue 14 130 14 161
American 16 133 16 167
Delta 18 134 13 167

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 0.38
7am 1.04
5am 0.77
9am 0.65
4pm 1.31
11am 0.64
12pm 1.11
8am 0.83
5pm 0.82
1pm 0.45
10am 0.84
3pm 0.73
6am 1.67
9pm 0.01
6pm 0.73
8pm 0.52
2pm 0.58

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 438
February 163
March 200
April 207
May 245
June 377
July 472
August 518
September 565
October 649
November 566
December 513

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 14.29
Tuesday 13.06
Wednesday 13.27
Thursday 14.29
Friday 14.29
Saturday 11.44
Sunday 13.85

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
Delta 0
JetBlue 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 16 134 11 164
7am 17 130 15 163
5am 15 134 14 164
9am 14 134 11 161
4pm 15 135 17 168
11am 12 132 11 158
12pm 15 133 14 164
8am 16 130 15 163
5pm 17 134 18 174
1pm 13 131 13 157
10am 15 133 13 163
3pm 16 136 15 168
6am 15 132 13 164
9pm 19 138 8 165
6pm 15 133 15 165
8pm 17 134 9 163
2pm 15 132 13 161
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.