The cheapest times to fly from ORD to LEX are

  • August 20th to March 4th (except the weeks of November 19th and November 26th)

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 LEX is early December. Prices can be as high as $564 for Sunday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $177 for Tuesday flights around early December.


When to Fly to Lexington

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Lexington, KY (LEX) will usually cost between $186 to $282 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 $206. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $318. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $112 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $252 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to LEX flight.

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

ORD to LEX Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to LEX 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 $0.48, 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 $37 (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 $222. Return trip prices are from the LEX 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 LEX can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 34 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 LEX while comparing.

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

  • 70 miles (113 km) away from LEX
  • Usually 35.19% less expensive than LEX
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to CVG flights

Destination alternative #2: Owensboro Daviess County Regional Airport (OWB) in Owensboro, KY

  • 141 miles (227 km) away from LEX
  • Usually 26.64% less expensive than LEX
  • 1-layover flights available

See ORD to OWB flights

Destination alternative #3: Louisville International-Standiford Field Airport (SDF) in Louisville, KY

  • 62 miles (100 km) away from LEX
  • Usually 15.90% less expensive than LEX
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to SDF flights

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

  • 147 miles (237 km) away from LEX
  • Usually 20.87% less expensive than LEX
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to IND flights

Destination alternative #5: James M Cox/Dayton International Airport (DAY) in Dayton, OH

  • 131 miles (211 km) away from LEX
  • Usually 10.54% less expensive than LEX
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to DAY flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, Iberia, Qantas, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 323 miles or 520 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to LEX flight is about 1 hour 34 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Lexington, KY?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 45 available flights from ORD to LEX.


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 LEX
Destination airport name Blue Grass Airport
City Lexington, KY
Country the United States
Latitude 38
Longitude -84.6


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from ORD to LEX tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 32% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 8% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave LEX heading for ORD about 25 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Lexington, KY is about 30 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 2 minutes early
  • Envoy: 25 minutes late
  • ExpressJet: 36 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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