The cheapest times to fly from ORD to MEL are

  • January 29th to March 18th
  • April 16th to May 13th
  • August 6th to December 2nd (except the weeks of September 10th and October 8th)

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 MEL is mid August. Prices can be as high as $2483 for Friday flights during mid December, or as low as $1018 for Tuesday flights around mid August.


When to Fly to Melbourne

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Melbourne (MEL) will usually cost between $1102 to $1968 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid August with an average ticket price of $1056. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $2208. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1152 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1289 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to MEL flight.

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

ORD to MEL Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to MEL flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Chicago. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.08, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to MEL, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into ORD. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Melbourne, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to Chicago. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $107 (8%) 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 $1295. Return trip prices are from the MEL 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 MEL can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 18 hour 23 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking ORD to MEL

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 MEL — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Bangkok (ORD > BKK > MEL)

  • Price for both tickets: $1133
  • Average savings: $156 (12.1%)

See ORD to BKK flights

Hack #2: Singapore (ORD > SIN > MEL)

  • Price for both tickets: $1158
  • Average savings: $132 (10.2%)

See ORD to SIN flights

Hack #3: Beijing (ORD > PEK > MEL)

  • Price for both tickets: $1177
  • Average savings: $112 (8.69%)

See ORD to PEK flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 22 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, Alaska, American, ANA, Austrian, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Fiji Airways, JAL, Qantas, United, Virgin Australia, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 9664 miles or 15553 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to MEL flight is about 18 hour 23 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Melbourne?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 101 available flights from ORD to MEL.


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 MEL
Destination airport name Melbourne International Airport
City Melbourne
Country Australia
Latitude -37.7
Longitude 144.8


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