The flight time from Chicago to Detroit is 1 hour, 15 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves ORD Chicago, IL 4 minutes early.
18 minutes taxiing out
48 minutes in the air
8 minutes taxiing in
Arrives DTW Detroit, MI 11 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Chicago to Detroit is 1 hour, 15 minutes. The time spent in the air is 48 minutes.

The flight distance from Chicago to Detroit is 235 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Detroit to Chicago
1 hour, 17 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

1h 12m
1h 14m
1h 18m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 15m 30m 45m1h1h 15m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



235 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Chicago from Detroit by plane?

The distance from Chicago to Detroit by plane is 235 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 Detroit?

The flight time from Chicago to Detroit is 1 hour, 15 minutes. The time spent in the air is 48 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Delta being the fastest taking 1 hour, 12 minutes, and American the slowest taking 1 hour, 18 minutes.

What airlines fly from Chicago to Detroit?

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

Does Southwest fly from Chicago to Detroit?

Southwest does not fly from Chicago (ORD) to Detroit (DTW). 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 4 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 18 minutes
In the Air 48 minutes
Taxiing In 8 minutes
Arrives Detroit 11 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 Detroit, American is 84% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 84% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 86% 9% 5%
United 85% 10% 5%
American 84% 11% 5%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Chicago and Detroit, 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
Delta 14 48 8 72
United 19 48 7 74
American 20 47 9 78

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
9am 0.77
12pm 0.45
11am 0.68
8am 0.76
2pm 1.25
8pm 0.32
5pm 1.49
7pm 0.45
6pm 0.81
6am 0.79
4pm 0.65
10am 0.73
3pm 0.92
5am 0.06
10pm 0.06
7am 0.95
9pm 0.38
1pm 0.44

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Chicago to Detroit 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 552
February 533
March 563
April 299
May 169
June 164
July 236
August 328
September 310
October 336
November 573
December 541

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Chicago to Detroit 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 13.5
Tuesday 12.52
Wednesday 12.4
Thursday 13.17
Friday 13.65
Saturday 10.67
Sunday 12.62

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
Delta 1
United 1
American 1

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
9am 18 48 7 74
12pm 17 49 8 75
11am 17 48 7 72
8am 18 47 9 76
2pm 17 47 8 74
8pm 26 46 10 82
5pm 19 49 8 77
7pm 20 46 8 74
6pm 22 46 9 77
6am 15 47 8 72
4pm 15 49 8 73
10am 14 47 8 71
3pm 18 48 9 76
5am 13 47 8 74
10pm 13 42 8 64
7am 18 48 9 76
9pm 19 46 7 73
1pm 19 47 10 76
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.