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

Leaves BOS Boston, MA 3 minutes early.
17 minutes taxiing out
2 hours, 15 minutes in the air
14 minutes taxiing in
Arrives ORD Chicago, IL 4 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


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 ?

2h 42m
2h 43m
2h 53m
2h 53m
2h 54m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



867 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


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, 42 minutes, and Delta the slowest taking 2 hours, 54 minutes.

What airlines fly from Boston to Chicago?

Spirit, 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 3 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 17 minutes
In the Air 135 minutes
Taxiing In 14 minutes
Arrives Chicago 4 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, Delta is 88% reliable, which means that Delta flights are on time 88% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 88% 12% 0%
United 81% 18% 1%
Spirit 79% 20% 1%
American 78% 18% 4%
JetBlue 70% 28% 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
In the Air
Taxiing In
United 15 134 12 162
Spirit 14 133 16 163
American 19 135 16 173
JetBlue 16 136 17 173
Delta 21 137 13 174

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 0.87
7am 1.29
5am 1.23
9am 0.96
4pm 1.41
11am 0.76
12pm 1.48
8am 1.85
5pm 1.13
1pm 1.83
10am 1.28
3pm 1.04
6am 1.54
9pm 0.17
6pm 1.25
8pm 1.6
10pm 0.12
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 687
October 860
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 22.25
Tuesday 20.35
Wednesday 20.88
Thursday 22.12
Friday 22.19
Saturday 14.85
Sunday 20.08

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 1
JetBlue 1
Spirit 0
Delta 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
7pm 20 134 14 171
7am 21 135 14 172
5am 15 133 13 164
9am 19 134 16 172
4pm 16 135 16 171
11am 16 137 15 169
12pm 15 135 16 168
8am 17 135 14 170
5pm 19 140 18 180
1pm 15 135 14 166
10am 16 132 13 164
3pm 15 134 12 163
6am 18 137 17 174
9pm 14 137 9 160
6pm 19 133 15 171
8pm 16 132 10 160
10pm 16 135 8 161
2pm 13 133 10 163
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.