The flight time from Seattle to Chicago is 3 hours, 55 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SEA Seattle, WA 2 minutes early.
18 minutes taxiing out
3 hours, 21 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 Seattle to Chicago is 3 hours, 55 minutes. The time spent in the air is 3 hours, 21 minutes.

The flight distance from Seattle to Chicago is 1721 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Chicago to Seattle
4 hours, 31 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

3h 46m
3h 51m
3h 52m
3h 59m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



1721 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Seattle from Chicago by plane?

The distance from Seattle to Chicago by plane is 1721 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Seattle to Chicago?

The flight time from Seattle to Chicago is 3 hours, 55 minutes. The time spent in the air is 3 hours, 21 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Spirit being the fastest taking 3 hours, 46 minutes, and Alaska the slowest taking 4 hours.

What airlines fly from Seattle to Chicago?

United, Spirit, Alaska, Delta, and American are the airlines with direct flights from Seattle to Chicago.

Does Southwest fly from Seattle to Chicago?

Southwest does not fly from Seattle (SEA) 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 Seattle 2 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 18 minutes
In the Air 201 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 Seattle to Chicago, Delta is 84% reliable, which means that Delta flights are on time 84% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 85% 14% 1%
Delta 84% 16% 0%
Alaska 81% 18% 1%
American 79% 18% 3%
Spirit 67% 27% 6%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Seattle 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
Spirit 14 199 10 226
United 17 200 11 231
Delta 19 200 11 232
American 18 201 16 239
Alaska 20 203 14 240

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
10am 2.03
6am 1.49
0am 0.95
4pm 0.41
7am 1.67
11pm 1.78
3pm 0.97
6pm 0.26
5am 0.3
2pm 0.22
8am 0.36
12pm 0.94
5pm 1.71
11am 0.78
9am 0.12
1pm 1.28

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Seattle 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 394
February 334
March 393
April 438
May 508
June 542
July 579
August 595
September 489
October 494
November 461
December 427

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Seattle 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 16.4
Tuesday 15.79
Wednesday 16
Thursday 16.13
Friday 16.23
Saturday 13.27
Sunday 14.9

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
Alaska 1
United 1
American 1
Delta 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
10am 27 202 15 247
6am 18 204 14 239
0am 14 202 13 233
4pm 16 198 8 223
7am 18 201 12 234
11pm 15 199 7 223
3pm 15 201 16 234
6pm 19 200 6 227
5am 17 204 15 237
2pm 18 199 15 235
8am 28 203 14 247
12pm 25 203 18 251
5pm 19 200 7 228
11am 16 201 11 231
9am 20 201 13 238
1pm 21 203 17 245
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.