The flight time from Chicago to Denver is 2 hours, 33 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves ORD Chicago, IL 1 minute early.
17 minutes taxiing out
2 hours, 6 minutes in the air
8 minutes taxiing in
Arrives DEN Denver, CO 5 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Chicago to Denver is 2 hours, 33 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 6 minutes.

The flight distance from Chicago to Denver is 888 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Denver to Chicago
2 hours, 20 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

2h 31m
2h 32m
2h 34m
2h 40m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m2h2h 30m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



888 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Chicago from Denver by plane?

The distance from Chicago to Denver by plane is 888 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 Denver?

The flight time from Chicago to Denver is 2 hours, 33 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 6 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Southwest being the fastest taking 2 hours, 31 minutes, and Frontier the slowest taking 2 hours, 40 minutes.

What airlines fly from Chicago to Denver?

American, Southwest, United, and Frontier are the airlines with direct flights from Chicago to Denver.

Does Southwest fly from Chicago to Denver?

Yes! Southwest does fly from Chicago (ORD) to Denver (DEN). On average, they have 35 flights per week on this route. This may vary seasonally, please check the chart above for more details.

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 1 minute early
Taxi Out Time 17 minutes
In the Air 126 minutes
Taxiing In 8 minutes
Arrives Denver 5 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 Denver, Southwest is 69% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 69% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 85% 13% 2%
Frontier 84% 14% 2%
American 78% 19% 3%
Southwest 69% 23% 8%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Chicago and Denver, 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
Southwest 15 127 7 151
American 16 127 8 152
United 18 126 8 154
Frontier 19 128 11 160

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
8am 2.31
4pm 1.12
9pm 0.27
2pm 1.47
12pm 1.78
7pm 0.44
1pm 0.92
10pm 0.06
5am 0.57
5pm 0.74
7am 1.04
6pm 1.29
6am 1.01
3pm 0.62
9am 0.49
11am 0.42
8pm 1.84
11pm 0.02
10am 1.25

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Chicago to Denver 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 540
February 335
March 515
April 516
May 544
June 588
July 625
August 625
September 602
October 652
November 574
December 575

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Chicago to Denver 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 19.4
Tuesday 17.81
Wednesday 18.02
Thursday 19.06
Friday 19.19
Saturday 16.79
Sunday 18.4

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
Southwest 1
American 1
Frontier 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
8am 20 126 9 157
4pm 17 129 9 160
9pm 17 122 8 149
2pm 17 126 8 152
12pm 16 127 8 154
7pm 19 127 8 155
1pm 16 126 7 150
10pm 13 126 7 150
5am 15 125 7 148
5pm 17 128 9 156
7am 16 127 8 151
6pm 19 126 8 157
6am 13 126 6 149
3pm 16 125 8 151
9am 21 126 7 157
11am 17 128 7 153
8pm 17 125 7 151
11pm 14 134 13 169
10am 17 126 8 152
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.