The cheapest times to fly from ORD to COU are

  • March 19th to April 29th (except the week of March 26th)
  • May 21st to June 24th
  • August 6th to November 11th (except the weeks of August 27th, October 8th, and October 29th)
  • December 24th to February 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 COU is late September. Prices can be as high as $568 for Sunday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $205 for Wednesday flights around late September.


When to Fly to Columbia

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Columbia, MO (COU) will usually cost between $205 to $291 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late September with an average ticket price of $205. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $353. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $148 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 COU flight.

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

ORD to COU Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to COU 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 $0.42, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday 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 $27 (11%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $215. Return trip prices are from the COU 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 COU can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 33 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 COU while comparing.

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

  • 95 miles (153 km) away from COU
  • Usually 33.80% less expensive than COU
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to UIN flights

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

  • 100 miles (161 km) away from COU
  • Usually 22.38% less expensive than COU
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to STL flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

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

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 315 miles or 507 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to COU flight is about 1 hour 33 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Columbia, MO?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 53 available flights from ORD to COU.


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 COU
Destination airport name Columbia Regional Airport
City Columbia, MO
Country the United States
Latitude 38.8
Longitude -92.2


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from ORD to COU tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 28% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 22% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave COU heading for ORD about 26 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Columbia, MO is about 27 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 34 minutes late
  • Envoy: 16 minutes late


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