The flight time from Boston to Chicago is 2 hours, 41 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves BOS Boston, MA 6 minutes early.
14 minutes taxiing out
2 hours, 13 minutes in the air
12 minutes taxiing in
Arrives ORD Chicago, IL 16 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Spirit
96%
American
95%
United
94%
JetBlue
93%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Boston to Chicago is 2 hours, 41 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, 10 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Spirit
2h 37m
JetBlue
2h 38m
United
2h 39m
American
2h 44m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM1h2h3h
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.51.01.52.0

Flights Per Week

50

Distance

867 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun02468

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
21
American
19
JetBlue
7
Spirit
1

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, 41 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 13 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Spirit being the fastest taking 2 hours, 37 minutes, and American the slowest taking 2 hours, 44 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 6 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 14 minutes
In the Air 133 minutes
Taxiing In 12 minutes
Arrives Chicago 16 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 95% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 95% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Spirit 96% 4% 0%
American 95% 4% 1%
United 94% 5% 1%
JetBlue 93% 7% 0%

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)
Spirit 13 129 15 157
JetBlue 13 132 10 158
United 12 134 11 159
American 15 134 14 164

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 0.04
7am 0.46
5am 0.38
9am 0.19
4pm 0.76
11am 0.85
12pm 0.26
8am 0.61
5pm 0.2
1pm 0.08
10am 0.75
3pm 1.06
6am 1.23
6pm 0.16
8pm 0
2pm 0.16

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 177
February 163
March 200
April 207
May 245
June 103
July 300
August 334
September 273
October 245
November 223
December 185

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 8.08
Tuesday 5.81
Wednesday 6.08
Thursday 7.96
Friday 7.94
Saturday 6.17
Sunday 8.06

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 0
American 0
JetBlue 0
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 14 131 9 156
7am 14 130 15 161
5am 15 134 14 168
9am 14 130 8 154
4pm 14 136 16 168
11am 11 135 10 158
12pm 15 132 15 161
8am 13 132 11 158
5pm 12 133 13 160
1pm 16 140 13 167
10am 15 134 11 162
3pm 13 135 11 161
6am 13 133 11 160
6pm 11 129 13 154
8pm 16 126 56 198
2pm 15 128 11 157
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.