The cheapest times to fly from ORD to CNS are

  • February 19th to March 18th
  • April 2nd to May 6th
  • July 23rd to November 18th

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 CNS is late August to early September. Prices can be as high as $4628 for Friday flights during late December, or as low as $958 for Tuesday flights around late August to early September.


When to Fly to Cairns

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Cairns (CNS) will usually cost between $1247 to $2539 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late August to early September with an average ticket price of $1252. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $3103. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1851 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1624 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to CNS flight.

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

ORD to CNS Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to CNS flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Chicago. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.11, which is far below 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 to Cairns, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Chicago. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $250 (14%) 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 $1479. Return trip prices are from the CNS 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 CNS can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 16 hour 54 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking ORD to CNS

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 CNS — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Singapore (ORD > SIN > CNS)

  • Price for both tickets: $1312
  • Average savings: $312 (19.19%)

See ORD to SIN flights

Hack #2: Los Angeles, CA (ORD > LAX > CNS)

  • Price for both tickets: $1343
  • Average savings: $281 (17.28%)

See ORD to LAX flights

Hack #3: Brisbane (ORD > BNE > CNS)

  • Price for both tickets: $1405
  • Average savings: $219 (13.49%)

See ORD to BNE flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 20 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Alaska, American, ANA, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Fiji Airways, Hainan, JAL, JetBlue, LATAM, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, United, Virgin Australia, WestJet, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8843 miles or 14231 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to CNS flight is about 16 hour 54 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Cairns?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 74 available flights from ORD to CNS.


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 CNS
Destination airport name Cairns International Airport
City Cairns
Country Australia
Latitude -16.9
Longitude 145.8


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