The flight time from Chicago to Boston is 2 hours, 17 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves ORD Chicago, IL 2 minutes early.
19 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 49 minutes in the air
7 minutes taxiing in
Arrives BOS Boston, MA 4 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Chicago to Boston is 2 hours, 17 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 49 minutes.

The flight distance from Chicago to Boston is 867 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Boston to Chicago
2 hours, 47 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

2h 16m
2h 16m
2h 17m
2h 20m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m2h
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 Chicago from Boston by plane?

The distance from Chicago to Boston 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 Chicago to Boston?

The flight time from Chicago to Boston is 2 hours, 17 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 49 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with American being the fastest taking 2 hours, 16 minutes, and Delta the slowest taking 2 hours, 20 minutes.

What airlines fly from Chicago to Boston?

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

Does Southwest fly from Chicago to Boston?

Southwest does not fly from Chicago (ORD) to Boston (BOS). 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 Chicago 2 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 19 minutes
In the Air 109 minutes
Taxiing In 7 minutes
Arrives Boston 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 Chicago to Boston, American is 76% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 76% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 82% 16% 2%
American 76% 23% 1%
Delta 76% 22% 2%
JetBlue 70% 29% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Chicago and Boston, 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 20 109 6 136
American 18 109 7 136
JetBlue 19 108 7 137
Delta 19 110 9 140

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
9pm 0.61
12pm 0.77
5am 0.01
8am 1.05
2pm 0.65
7am 1.52
11am 1.08
1pm 1.77
9am 1.9
3pm 0.69
11pm 0
8pm 1.13
6am 1.14
6pm 1.34
4pm 0.38
10am 0.66
5pm 1.34
7pm 0.71

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Chicago to Boston 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 451
February 475
March 552
April 517
May 551
June 527
July 549
August 583
September 550
October 526
November 470
December 456

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Chicago to Boston 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 17.87
Tuesday 16.94
Wednesday 17.27
Thursday 17.92
Friday 17.67
Saturday 14.54
Sunday 17.15

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 1
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
In the Air
Taxi In
9pm 20 108 5 134
12pm 18 111 8 140
5am 14 117 6 137
8am 20 110 7 139
2pm 19 109 7 136
7am 18 109 6 134
11am 17 109 7 135
1pm 19 110 8 139
9am 23 108 7 140
3pm 16 112 9 138
11pm 11 99 5 115
8pm 20 108 7 136
6am 15 112 8 136
6pm 24 107 6 139
4pm 17 109 9 137
10am 18 110 7 136
5pm 19 109 8 137
7pm 18 105 7 132
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.