The cheapest times to fly from ORD to TRI are

  • January 1st to February 25th
  • April 16th to July 22nd (except the weeks of June 11th and June 25th)
  • October 22nd to November 18th
  • December 3rd to December 16th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from ORD to TRI is late May to early June. Prices can be as high as $762 for Sunday flights during mid March, or as low as $196 for Tuesday flights around late May to early June.


When to Fly to Bristol

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Bristol/Johnson City/Kingsport, TN (TRI) will usually cost between $198 to $406 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late May to early June with an average ticket price of $236. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid March, with an average price of $533. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $297 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $285 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to TRI flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the ORD to TRI route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

ORD to TRI Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to TRI flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Chicago. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.37, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $78 (24%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $248. Return trip prices are from the TRI to ORD flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from ORD to TRI can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 51 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from ORD to TRI while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB) in Lewisburg, WV

  • 146 miles (235 km) away from TRI
  • Usually 18.25% less expensive than TRI
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to LWB flights

Destination alternative #2: Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in Asheville, NC

  • 72 miles (116 km) away from TRI
  • Usually 6.67% less expensive than TRI
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to AVL flights

Destination alternative #3: McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) in Knoxville, TN

  • 100 miles (161 km) away from TRI
  • Usually 2.11% less expensive than TRI
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to TYS flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from ORD to TRI? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 3 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Tri Cities Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 480 miles or 772 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from ORD to TRI?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to TRI flight is about 1 hour 51 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Bristol/Johnson City/Kingsport, TN?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 63 available flights from ORD to TRI.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code ORD
Origination airport name Chicago O’Hare International Airport
City Chicago, IL
Country the United States
Latitude 42
Longitude -87.9

Return Airport

Destination code TRI
Destination airport name Tri Cities Airport
City Bristol/Johnson City/Kingsport, TN
Country the United States
Latitude 36.5
Longitude -82.4


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