The cheapest times to fly from ORD to CMH are

  • August 6th to November 18th
  • December 3rd to February 25th (except the week of December 17th)

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 CMH is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $533 for Sunday flights during mid May, or as low as $167 for Tuesday flights around mid to late September.


When to Fly to Columbus

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Columbus, OH (CMH) will usually cost between $183 to $297 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late September with an average ticket price of $189. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid May, with an average price of $300. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $111 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $218 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to CMH flight.

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

ORD to CMH Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to CMH 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 $0.46, 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 $29 (12%) 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 $210. Return trip prices are from the CMH 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 CMH can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 31 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 CMH while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) in Cincinnati, OH

  • 115 miles (185 km) away from CMH
  • Usually 25.23% less expensive than CMH
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to CVG flights

Destination alternative #2: Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) in Fort Wayne, IN

  • 139 miles (224 km) away from CMH
  • Usually 9.86% less expensive than CMH
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to FWA flights

Destination alternative #3: North Central West Virginia Airport (CKB) in Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV

  • 150 miles (241 km) away from CMH
  • Usually 4.36% less expensive than CMH
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to CKB flights

Destination alternative #4: Toledo Express Airport (TOL) in Toledo, OH

  • 120 miles (193 km) away from CMH
  • Usually 1.38% less expensive than CMH
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to TOL flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 8 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, Frontier, Iberia, Qantas, SAS, Spirit, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from John Glenn Columbus International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 295 miles or 475 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to CMH flight is about 1 hour 31 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Columbus, OH?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 50 available flights from ORD to CMH.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeORD
Origination airport nameChicago O’Hare International Airport
CityChicago, IL
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeCMH
Destination airport nameJohn Glenn Columbus International Airport
CityColumbus, OH
Countrythe United States


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from ORD to CMH tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 33% 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 CMH heading for ORD about 20 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Columbus, OH is about 20 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • American: 6 minutes late
  • SkyWest: 9 minutes late
  • United: 18 minutes late
  • Envoy: 16 minutes late
  • Republic: 35 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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