The cheapest times to fly from MSP to ORD are

  • July 30th to February 18th (except the week of February 5th)

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 MSP to ORD is late October to early November. Prices can be as high as $523 for Sunday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $117 for Tuesday flights around late October to early November.


When to Fly to Chicago

Flying from Minneapolis, MN (MSP) to Chicago, IL (ORD) will usually cost between $117 to $328 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October to early November with an average ticket price of $127. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $319. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $192 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $195 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MSP to ORD flight.

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

MSP to ORD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MSP to ORD flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Minneapolis. 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 out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $77 (32%) 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 $167. Return trip prices are from the ORD to MSP 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 MSP 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 35 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 MSP to ORD while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Quad City International Airport (MLI) in Moline, IL

  • 139 miles (224 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 8.85% less expensive than ORD
  • Nonstop flights available

See MSP to MLI flights

Destination alternative #2: General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee, WI

  • 67 miles (108 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 8.21% less expensive than ORD
  • Nonstop flights available

See MSP to MKE flights

Destination alternative #3: Dane County Regional-Truax Field Airport (MSN) in Madison, WI

  • 108 miles (174 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 8.21% less expensive than ORD
  • Nonstop flights available

See MSP to MSN flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 16 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Choice One, Alaska, American, Cape Air, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Iberia, JetBlue, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Spirit, Sun Country Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 334 miles or 538 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MSP to ORD flight is about 1 hour 35 minutes.

How many flights go between Minneapolis, MN and Chicago, IL?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 45 available flights from MSP to ORD.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code MSP
Origination airport name Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport
City Minneapolis, MN
Country the United States
Latitude 44.9
Longitude -93.2

Return Airport

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


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from MSP to ORD tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 29% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 21% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave ORD heading for MSP about 24 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Chicago, IL is about 22 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Delta: 20 minutes late
  • American: 20 minutes late
  • SkyWest: 24 minutes late
  • United: 29 minutes late
  • Envoy: 19 minutes late
  • Republic: 43 minutes late
  • ExpressJet: 17 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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