The cheapest times to fly from ORD to CMI are

  • April 16th to June 17th (except the weeks of April 30th, May 14th, and May 21st)
  • July 9th to November 11th (except the weeks of July 23rd and October 1st)
  • December 24th to February 25th

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 CMI is early December. Prices can be as high as $580 for Sunday flights during early March, or as low as $205 for Tuesday flights around early December.


When to Fly to Champaign

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Champaign/Urbana, IL (CMI) will usually cost between $205 to $279 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early December with an average ticket price of $205. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early March, with an average price of $289. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $84 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $215 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to CMI flight.

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

ORD to CMI Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to CMI 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 $0.99, which is 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 $25 (11%) 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 $206. Return trip prices are from the CMI 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 CMI can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 13 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 CMI while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Decatur Airport (DEC) in Decatur, IL

  • 34 miles (55 km) away from CMI
  • Usually 42.79% less expensive than CMI
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to DEC flights

Destination alternative #2: St Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) in St. Louis, MO

  • 143 miles (230 km) away from CMI
  • Usually 22.56% less expensive than CMI
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to STL flights

Destination alternative #3: Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) in Springfield, IL

  • 75 miles (121 km) away from CMI
  • Usually 15.12% less expensive than CMI
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to SPI flights

Destination alternative #4: Indianapolis International Airport (IND) in Indianapolis, IN

  • 107 miles (172 km) away from CMI
  • Usually 7.44% less expensive than CMI
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to IND flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 2 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Iberia, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from University of Illinois/Willard Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 135 miles or 217 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to CMI flight is about 1 hour 13 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Champaign/Urbana, IL?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 33 available flights from ORD to CMI.


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 CMI
Destination airport name University of Illinois/Willard Airport
City Champaign/Urbana, IL
Country the United States
Latitude 40
Longitude -88.3


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from ORD to CMI tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 33% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 9% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave CMI heading for ORD about 16 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Champaign/Urbana, IL 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
  • Some airlines not reporting


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