The cheapest times to fly from ORD to BNA are

  • January 1st to February 25th
  • July 30th 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 BNA is early September. Prices can be as high as $628 for Friday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $97 for Tuesday flights around early September.


When to Fly to Nashville

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Nashville, TN (BNA) 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 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 $410. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $259 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $278 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to BNA flight.

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

ORD to BNA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to BNA 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 $0.42, 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 $218. Return trip prices are from the BNA 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 BNA 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 ORD to BNA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Owensboro Daviess County Regional Airport (OWB) in Owensboro, KY

  • 115 miles (185 km) away from BNA
  • Usually 33.63% less expensive than BNA
  • 1-layover flights available

See ORD to OWB flights

Destination alternative #2: Huntsville International-Carl T Jones Field Airport (HSV) in Huntsville, AL

  • 103 miles (166 km) away from BNA
  • Usually 29.14% less expensive than BNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to HSV flights

Destination alternative #3: Barkley Regional Airport (PAH) in Paducah, KY

  • 133 miles (214 km) away from BNA
  • Usually 11.42% less expensive than BNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to PAH flights

Destination alternative #4: Evansville Regional Airport (EVV) in Evansville, IN

  • 140 miles (225 km) away from BNA
  • Usually 3.24% less expensive than BNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to EVV flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from ORD to BNA? 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 Nashville International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport?

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

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

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

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 49 available flights from ORD to BNA.


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 BNA
Destination airport name Nashville International Airport
City Nashville, TN
Country the United States
Latitude 36.1
Longitude -86.7


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from ORD to BNA tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 30% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 14% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave BNA heading for ORD about 21 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Nashville, TN is about 19 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 25 minutes late
  • United: 17 minutes late
  • Envoy: 9 minutes late
  • Republic: on time
  • Frontier: 32 minutes late
  • ExpressJet: 3 minutes early
  • Some airlines not reporting


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