The cheapest times to fly from MEL to MDW are

  • January 22nd to March 25th
  • April 23rd to May 6th
  • July 16th to September 9th
  • October 8th to November 25th

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 MEL to MDW is mid October. Prices can be as high as $2472 for Friday flights during early January, or as low as $914 for Tuesday flights around mid October.


When to Fly to Chicago

Flying from Melbourne (MEL) to Chicago, IL (MDW) will usually cost between $967 to $1975 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid October with an average ticket price of $979. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $2297. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1318 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1150 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MEL to MDW flight.

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

MEL to MDW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MEL to MDW flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Melbourne. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.07, which is far below 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 $166 (10%) 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 $1143. Return trip prices are from the MDW to MEL 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 MEL to MDW can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 18 hour 23 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 MEL to MDW while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago, IL

  • 15 miles (24 km) away from MDW
  • Usually 6.61% less expensive than MDW
  • 1-layover flights available

See MEL to ORD flights

Destination alternative #2: South Bend International Airport (SBN) in South Bend, IN

  • 74 miles (119 km) away from MDW
  • Usually 4.96% less expensive than MDW
  • 1-layover flights available

See MEL to SBN flights

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

  • 109 miles (175 km) away from MDW
  • Usually 4.87% less expensive than MDW
  • 2-layover flights available

See MEL to BMI flights

Destination alternative #4: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, MI

  • 137 miles (220 km) away from MDW
  • Usually 0.39% less expensive than MDW
  • 2-layover flights available

See MEL to GRR flights


Flight Hacking MEL to MDW

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from MEL to MDW — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (MEL > LAX > MDW)

  • Price for both tickets: $1037
  • Average savings: $114 (9.87%)

See MEL to flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from MEL to MDW? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 20 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air France, Air India, Alitalia, American, Austrian, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Etihad, Gulf Air, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, United, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Vistara, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Chicago Midway International Airport to Melbourne International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 9669 miles or 15561 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from MEL to MDW?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MEL to MDW flight is about 18 hour 23 minutes.

How many flights go between Melbourne and Chicago, IL?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 20 available flights from MEL to MDW.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeMEL
Origination airport nameMelbourne International Airport

Return Airport

Destination codeMDW
Destination airport nameChicago Midway International Airport
CityChicago, IL
Countrythe United States


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