The flight time from Detroit to Chicago is 1 hour, 22 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves DTW Detroit, MI 3 minutes early.
17 minutes taxiing out
49 minutes in the air
13 minutes taxiing in
Arrives ORD Chicago, IL 6 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Detroit to Chicago is 1 hour, 22 minutes. The time spent in the air is 49 minutes.

The flight distance from Detroit to Chicago is 235 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Chicago to Detroit
1 hour, 17 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

1h 19m
1h 21m
1h 26m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m
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 Detroit from Chicago by plane?

The distance from Detroit to Chicago 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 Detroit to Chicago?

The flight time from Detroit to Chicago is 1 hour, 22 minutes. The time spent in the air is 49 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Delta being the fastest taking 1 hour, 19 minutes, and American the slowest taking 1 hour, 26 minutes.

What airlines fly from Detroit to Chicago?

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

Does Southwest fly from Detroit to Chicago?

Southwest does not fly from Detroit (DTW) to Chicago (ORD). 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 Detroit 3 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 17 minutes
In the Air 49 minutes
Taxiing In 13 minutes
Arrives Chicago 6 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 Detroit to Chicago, American is 75% reliable, which means that American flights are on time 75% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 83% 16% 1%
United 79% 18% 3%
American 75% 20% 5%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Detroit and Chicago, 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 17 48 12 79
United 16 49 13 81
American 18 49 16 86

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
2pm 1.04
5pm 1.54
4pm 0.93
9pm 0.01
8pm 1.97
10am 1.54
3pm 1.17
1pm 0.14
9am 0.87
6pm 0.79
8am 2.73
7am 0.78
12pm 1.58
7pm 0.8
5am 0.26
11am 1.33
6am 1.42

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Detroit to Chicago 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 578
February 544
March 601
April 585
May 583
June 594
July 609
August 628
September 628
October 666
November 573
December 541

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Detroit to Chicago 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 20.77
Tuesday 21.13
Wednesday 20.83
Thursday 20.69
Friday 20.83
Saturday 14.15
Sunday 18.71

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
Delta 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
2pm 17 50 14 84
5pm 16 49 14 81
4pm 18 50 16 86
9pm 18 48 27 93
8pm 16 48 15 82
10am 16 49 14 81
3pm 17 48 12 79
1pm 15 48 14 78
9am 16 48 11 76
6pm 19 49 18 90
8am 26 49 13 92
7am 18 48 11 80
12pm 17 49 12 79
7pm 15 50 15 82
5am 16 48 8 77
11am 17 49 13 81
6am 15 48 10 74
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.