The flight time from Chicago to Denver is 2 hours, 36 minutes. See Data as Tables
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Average Timeline

Leaves ORD Chicago, IL 1 minute early.
18 minutes taxiing out
2 hours, 7 minutes in the air
8 minutes taxiing in
Arrives DEN Denver, CO 2 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Chicago to Denver is 2 hours, 36 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 7 minutes.

The flight distance from Chicago to Denver is 888 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Denver to Chicago
2 hours, 22 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

2h 35m
2h 35m
2h 36m
2h 45m
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, 36 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 7 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Spirit being the fastest taking 2 hours, 35 minutes, and Frontier the slowest taking 2 hours, 45 minutes.

What airlines fly from Chicago to Denver?

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

Does Southwest fly from Chicago to Denver?

Southwest does not fly from Chicago (ORD) to Denver (DEN). 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 1 minute early
Taxi Out Time 18 minutes
In the Air 127 minutes
Taxiing In 8 minutes
Arrives Denver 2 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, Frontier is 73% reliable, which means that Frontier flights are on time 73% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 78% 21% 1%
Spirit 75% 24% 1%
American 74% 22% 4%
Frontier 73% 24% 3%

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
United 19 126 8 155
Spirit 17 127 8 155
American 16 129 9 156
Frontier 20 130 11 165

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 0.95
4pm 0.73
9pm 1.09
2pm 1.38
12pm 1.27
7pm 0.96
1pm 0.33
10pm 0.06
5am 0.8
5pm 1.39
7am 1.59
6pm 0.25
6am 0.33
3pm 1.02
9am 0.56
11am 1.85
8pm 0.99
11pm 0
10am 1.45

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 478
February 428
March 496
April 465
May 553
June 584
July 601
August 606
September 579
October 567
November 498
December 481

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 17.9
Tuesday 16.98
Wednesday 17.44
Thursday 18.15
Friday 17.87
Saturday 15.6
Sunday 17.9

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
Frontier 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
In the Air
Taxi In
8am 20 126 9 156
4pm 22 127 9 161
9pm 18 125 7 154
2pm 19 127 8 156
12pm 17 127 8 154
7pm 22 126 7 157
1pm 22 125 8 155
10pm 17 126 9 155
5am 14 128 9 154
5pm 19 128 9 161
7am 18 128 8 156
6pm 23 131 9 165
6am 17 130 9 158
3pm 16 129 8 155
9am 16 128 9 155
11am 15 126 8 151
8pm 19 129 9 159
11pm 13 133 6 152
10am 23 127 8 161
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.