The cheapest times to fly from ORD to IST are

  • January 8th to April 1st
  • April 16th to May 13th
  • September 10th to October 7th
  • October 29th 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 IST is late January. Prices can be as high as $1382 for Saturday flights during late June, or as low as $811 for Wednesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to Istanbul

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Istanbul (IST) will usually cost between $843 to $1259 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $876. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late June, with an average price of $1276. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $400 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $950 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to IST flight.

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

ORD to IST Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to IST 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 $0.11, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to IST, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into ORD. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Istanbul, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Chicago. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $72 (7%) 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 $951. Return trip prices are from the IST 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 IST can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 10 hour 50 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Hacking ORD to IST

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 IST — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Barcelona (ORD > BCN > IST)

  • Price for both tickets: $652
  • Average savings: $298 (31.37%)

See ORD to BCN flights

Hack #2: London (ORD > LHR > IST)

  • Price for both tickets: $699
  • Average savings: $252 (26.47%)

See ORD to LHR flights

Hack #3: Copenhagen (ORD > CPH > IST)

  • Price for both tickets: $713
  • Average savings: $237 (24.95%)

See ORD to CPH flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 27 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, American, atlasglobal, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad, JetBlue, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, Pakistan, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, SAS, Saudia, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, TAROM, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5476 miles or 8813 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to IST flight is about 10 hour 50 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Istanbul?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 76 available flights from ORD to IST.


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 IST
Destination airport name Ataturk Airport
City Istanbul
Country Turkey
Latitude 41
Longitude 28.8


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