The flight time from Chicago to Boston is 2 hours, 14 minutes. See Data as Tables
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Average Timeline

Leaves ORD Chicago, IL 2 minutes early.
18 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 47 minutes in the air
6 minutes taxiing in
Arrives BOS Boston, MA 4 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Delta
83%
United
78%
American
74%
JetBlue
67%
Spirit
62%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Chicago to Boston is 2 hours, 14 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 47 minutes.

The flight distance from Chicago to Boston is 867 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Boston to Chicago
2 hours, 49 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

United
2h 12m
American
2h 14m
JetBlue
2h 14m
Spirit
2h 19m
Delta
2h 23m
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 ?
(Average)

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Flights Per Week

142

Distance

867 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun05101520

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

United
53
American
53
JetBlue
29
Spirit
3
Delta
2

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, 14 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 47 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with United being the fastest taking 2 hours, 12 minutes, and Delta the slowest taking 2 hours, 23 minutes.

What airlines fly from Chicago to Boston?

American, United, Spirit, 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 18 minutes
In the Air 107 minutes
Taxiing In 6 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, Delta is 83% reliable, which means that Delta flights are on time 83% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 83% 17% 0%
United 78% 21% 1%
American 74% 22% 4%
JetBlue 67% 30% 3%
Spirit 62% 32% 6%

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
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxiing In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
United 19 107 5 132
American 17 107 8 134
JetBlue 19 107 6 134
Spirit 21 109 9 139
Delta 21 109 11 143

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 0.89
12pm 0.96
5am 0.77
8am 1.66
2pm 2.08
7am 1.63
11am 1.53
1pm 0.83
9am 1.08
0am 0
3pm 1.48
8pm 1.24
6am 1.19
10pm 0.14
6pm 1.03
4pm 0.45
10am 0.91
5pm 0.79
7pm 1.13

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 494
February 454
March 534
April 553
May 630
June 660
July 701
August 717
September 687
October 863
November 602
December 520

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 22.12
Tuesday 20.5
Wednesday 20.63
Thursday 22.33
Friday 22.15
Saturday 14.73
Sunday 20.13

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
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxi In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
9pm 19 105 4 129
12pm 17 107 7 134
5am 15 106 6 129
8am 18 107 7 132
2pm 20 108 7 138
7am 16 107 6 132
11am 17 108 6 134
1pm 19 108 8 136
9am 19 107 5 132
0am 12 105 6 123
3pm 19 109 8 139
8pm 20 106 6 134
6am 14 107 7 130
10pm 16 106 6 128
6pm 24 105 6 137
4pm 15 105 7 129
10am 21 108 7 136
5pm 20 108 7 136
7pm 22 106 6 135
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.