The cheapest times to fly from BNA to ORD are

  • August 6th to November 18th
  • December 3rd to February 25th (except the week of December 24th)

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 BNA to ORD is late August to early September. Prices can be as high as $614 for Friday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $97 for Tuesday flights around late August to early September.


When to Fly to Chicago

Flying from Nashville, TN (BNA) to Chicago, IL (ORD) will usually cost between $124 to $390 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late August to early September with an average ticket price of $151. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $405. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $255 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $283 can be considered a good price for a round-trip BNA to ORD flight.

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

BNA to ORD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the BNA to ORD flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Nashville. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.43, 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. Fridays 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 $108 (33%) 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 $221. Return trip prices are from the ORD to BNA 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 BNA 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 43 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 BNA to ORD while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee, WI

  • 67 miles (108 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 23.67% less expensive than ORD
  • Nonstop flights available

See BNA to MKE flights

Destination alternative #2: Dane County Regional-Truax Field Airport (MSN) in Madison, WI

  • 108 miles (174 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 12.37% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See BNA to MSN flights

Destination alternative #3: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, MI

  • 137 miles (220 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 11.13% less expensive than ORD
  • Nonstop flights available

See BNA to GRR flights

Destination alternative #4: Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) in Kalamazoo, MI

  • 122 miles (196 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 10.25% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See BNA to AZO flights

Destination alternative #5: General Downing – Peoria International Airport (PIA) in Peoria, IL

  • 130 miles (209 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 1.77% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See BNA to PIA flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 13 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Hawaiian, Iberia, JetBlue, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Spirit, Sun Country Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 410 miles or 660 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop BNA to ORD flight is about 1 hour 43 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 53 available flights from BNA to ORD.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeBNA
Origination airport nameNashville International Airport
CityNashville, 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 BNA to ORD tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 33% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 33% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave ORD heading for BNA about 27 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Chicago, IL is about 25 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 25 minutes late
  • United: 51 minutes late
  • Envoy: 30 minutes late
  • Republic: 2 minutes late
  • Frontier: 63 minutes late
  • ExpressJet: 39 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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