The cheapest times to fly from TYS to ORD are

  • late January and early February
  • February 26th to April 29th (except the weeks of March 12th and April 16th)
  • July 30th to November 18th

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 TYS to ORD is mid August. Prices can be as high as $360 for Sunday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $229 for Tuesday flights around mid August.


When to Fly to Chicago

Flying from Knoxville, TN (TYS) to Chicago, IL (ORD) will usually cost between $273 to $297 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid August with an average ticket price of $268. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $309. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $41 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $277 can be considered a good price for a round-trip TYS to ORD flight.

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

TYS to ORD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the TYS to ORD flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Knoxville. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.36, 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 to Chicago, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to Knoxville. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $13 (5%) 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 $271. Return trip prices are from the ORD to TYS 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 TYS to ORD can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 50 minutes may 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 a nonstop flight from TYS to ORD while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) in Kalamazoo, MI

  • 122 miles (196 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 6.86% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See TYS to AZO flights

Destination alternative #2: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, MI

  • 137 miles (220 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 6.86% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See TYS to GRR flights

Destination alternative #3: Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI) in Bloomington/Normal, IL

  • 116 miles (187 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 1.44% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See TYS to BMI flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, Frontier, Iberia, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to McGhee Tyson Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 475 miles or 764 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop TYS to ORD flight is about 1 hour 50 minutes.

How many flights go between Knoxville, TN and Chicago, IL?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 48 available flights from TYS to ORD.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeTYS
Origination airport nameMcGhee Tyson Airport
CityKnoxville, TN
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeORD
Destination airport nameChicago O’Hare International Airport
CityChicago, IL
Countrythe United States


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from TYS to ORD tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 28% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 31% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave ORD heading for TYS about 16 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Chicago, IL is about 13 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 19 minutes late
  • Envoy: 16 minutes late
  • ExpressJet: 4 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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