The flight time from Nashville to Chicago is 1 hour, 45 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves BNA Nashville, TN 4 minutes early.
16 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 14 minutes in the air
12 minutes taxiing in
Arrives ORD Chicago, IL 6 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Nashville to Chicago is 1 hour, 45 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 14 minutes.

The flight distance from Nashville to Chicago is 409 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Chicago to Nashville
1 hour, 31 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

1h 44m
1h 45m
1h 45m
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



409 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Nashville from Chicago by plane?

The distance from Nashville to Chicago by plane is 409 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Nashville to Chicago?

The flight time from Nashville to Chicago is 1 hour, 45 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 14 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Frontier being the fastest taking 1 hour, 44 minutes, and American the slowest taking 1 hour, 45 minutes.

What airlines fly from Nashville to Chicago?

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

Does Southwest fly from Nashville to Chicago?

Southwest does not fly from Nashville (BNA) 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 Nashville 4 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 16 minutes
In the Air 74 minutes
Taxiing In 12 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 Nashville to Chicago, Frontier is 66% reliable, which means that Frontier flights are on time 66% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 78% 19% 3%
American 77% 20% 3%
Frontier 66% 29% 5%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Nashville 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
Frontier 16 71 15 104
United 17 74 12 105
American 15 74 13 105

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
6pm 0.83
7am 2.04
1pm 0.12
10am 1.89
8pm 0
6am 0.11
3pm 0.67
8am 0.82
9pm 0.01
5am 0.89
4pm 0.86
5pm 1.07
9am 0.94
7pm 0.8
12pm 0.88
2pm 0.81
11am 1.83

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Nashville 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 392
February 378
March 445
April 472
May 487
June 473
July 483
August 486
September 471
October 493
November 445
December 448

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Nashville 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 15.37
Tuesday 15.67
Wednesday 15.33
Thursday 15.65
Friday 15.33
Saturday 12.35
Sunday 15.56

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
American 1
United 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
6pm 15 73 15 104
7am 20 75 12 112
1pm 13 73 11 100
10am 16 74 12 104
8pm 14 71 6 91
6am 16 73 10 100
3pm 14 75 13 105
8am 16 74 11 103
9pm 15 78 9 102
5am 15 72 11 101
4pm 19 76 14 111
5pm 18 76 15 112
9am 15 73 11 101
7pm 15 72 13 103
12pm 15 74 10 102
2pm 15 73 11 102
11am 16 74 11 104
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.