The flight time from Buffalo to Chicago is 1 hour, 48 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves BUF Buffalo, NY 4 minutes early.
13 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 19 minutes in the air
14 minutes taxiing in
Arrives ORD Chicago, IL 9 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Buffalo to Chicago is 1 hour, 48 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 19 minutes.

The flight distance from Buffalo to Chicago is 473 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Chicago to Buffalo
1 hour, 31 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

1h 48m
1h 49m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

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

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



473 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Buffalo from Chicago by plane?

The distance from Buffalo to Chicago by plane is 473 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Buffalo to Chicago?

The flight time from Buffalo to Chicago is 1 hour, 48 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 19 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with United being the fastest taking 1 hour, 48 minutes, and American the slowest taking 1 hour, 49 minutes.

What airlines fly from Buffalo to Chicago?

American and United are the airlines with direct flights from Buffalo to Chicago.

Does Southwest fly from Buffalo to Chicago?

Southwest does not fly from Buffalo (BUF) 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 Buffalo 4 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 13 minutes
In the Air 79 minutes
Taxiing In 14 minutes
Arrives Chicago 9 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 Buffalo to Chicago, American is 86% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 86% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
American 86% 11% 3%
United 81% 15% 4%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Buffalo 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 78 14 108
American 13 79 14 109

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
10pm 0.01
3pm 0.18
6am 0.79
9am 0.07
8am 0.1
12pm 0.6
1pm 0.33
10am 0.45
5pm 1.16
7am 0.96
2pm 0.07
11am 0.33

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Buffalo 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 137
February 56
March 64
April 100
May 142
June 202
July 211
August 241
September 216
October 239
November 147
December 152

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Buffalo 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 5.38
Tuesday 5.02
Wednesday 5.04
Thursday 5.42
Friday 5.4
Saturday 5.33
Sunday 5.08

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
American 0
United 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
10pm 26 76 6 108
3pm 14 81 14 111
6am 14 78 14 108
9am 12 79 15 105
8am 13 79 17 112
12pm 14 80 14 109
1pm 13 78 15 108
10am 12 77 13 103
5pm 13 79 16 111
7am 13 79 12 108
2pm 11 75 13 105
11am 13 79 13 106
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.