The cheapest times to fly from ORD to CID are

  • May 28th to July 22nd (except the weeks of June 25th and July 2nd)
  • October 8th to November 11th
  • December 24th to April 29th (except the weeks of January 15th, March 5th, March 19th, and April 9th)

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 CID is early to mid July. Prices can be as high as $580 for Friday flights during late July, or as low as $249 for Tuesday flights around early to mid July.


When to Fly to Cedar Rapids

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA (CID) will usually cost between $249 to $305 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid July with an average ticket price of $249. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $318. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $69 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $254 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to CID flight.

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

ORD to CID Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to CID 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 $0.81, which is 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 $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 $254. Return trip prices are from the CID 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 CID can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 20 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 CID while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Quincy Regional-Baldwin Field Airport (UIN) in Quincy, IL

  • 137 miles (220 km) away from CID
  • Usually 44.04% less expensive than CID
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to UIN flights

Destination alternative #2: Des Moines International Airport (DSM) in Des Moines, IA

  • 103 miles (166 km) away from CID
  • Usually 25.32% less expensive than CID
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to DSM flights

Destination alternative #3: La Crosse Regional Airport (LSE) in La Crosse, WI

  • 140 miles (225 km) away from CID
  • Usually 17.24% less expensive than CID
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to LSE flights

Destination alternative #4: Rochester International Airport (RST) in Rochester, MN

  • 145 miles (233 km) away from CID
  • Usually 14.68% less expensive than CID
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to RST flights

Destination alternative #5: Dane County Regional-Truax Field Airport (MSN) in Madison, WI

  • 149 miles (240 km) away from CID
  • Usually 9.75% less expensive than CID
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to MSN flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from ORD to CID? 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 The Eastern Iowa Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 196 miles or 315 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to CID flight is about 1 hour 20 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 37 available flights from ORD to CID.


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 CID
Destination airport name The Eastern Iowa Airport
City Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA
Country the United States
Latitude 41.9
Longitude -91.7


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from ORD to CID tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 33% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 15% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave CID heading for ORD about 19 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA is about 17 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Envoy: 16 minutes late
  • Republic: 42 minutes late
  • ExpressJet: 16 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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