The cheapest times to fly from ORD to CMB are

  • January 8th to April 8th
  • April 30th to May 20th
  • October 1st to December 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 CMB is mid November. Prices can be as high as $1779 for Saturday flights during mid December, or as low as $773 for Monday flights around mid November.


When to Fly to Colombo

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Colombo (CMB) will usually cost between $838 to $1492 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid November with an average ticket price of $844. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $1600. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $756 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1004 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to CMB flight.

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

ORD to CMB Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to CMB flight is priced close to the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Chicago. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.07, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to fly to CMB, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into ORD. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Colombo, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Chicago. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $83 (7%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1021. Return trip prices are from the CMB 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 CMB can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 17 hour 6 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking ORD to CMB

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 ORD to CMB — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Kuwait (ORD > KWI > CMB)

  • Price for both tickets: $942
  • Average savings: $62 (6.13%)

See ORD to KWI flights

Hack #2: Mumbai (ORD > BOM > CMB)

  • Price for both tickets: $998
  • Average savings: $6 (0.55%)

See ORD to BOM flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 40 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Alaska, Alitalia, American, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, EVA Air, Finnair, Gulf Air, Hainan, Iberia, JAL, KLM, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, LOT, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8952 miles or 14407 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to CMB flight is about 17 hour 6 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Colombo?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 72 available flights from ORD to CMB.


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 CMB
Destination airport name Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport
City Colombo
Country Sri Lanka
Latitude 7.2
Longitude 79.9


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