The cheapest times to fly from ORD to SBN are

  • January 8th to March 11th (except the week of February 26th)
  • April 2nd to April 15th
  • June 11th to July 15th (except the week of June 25th)
  • August 13th to September 23rd (except the week of September 3rd)

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 SBN is early December. Prices can be as high as $513 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $291 for Tuesday flights around early December.


When to Fly to South Bend

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to South Bend, IN (SBN) will usually cost between $309 to $366 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 $321. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $371. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $51 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $346 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to SBN flight.

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

ORD to SBN Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to SBN 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 $2.56, which is 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 $32 (9%) 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 $320. Return trip prices are from the SBN 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 SBN can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 8 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 SBN while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Muskegon County Airport (MKG) in Muskegon, MI

  • 101 miles (163 km) away from SBN
  • Usually 50.87% less expensive than SBN
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to MKG flights

Destination alternative #2: Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) in Fort Wayne, IN

  • 77 miles (124 km) away from SBN
  • Usually 43.21% less expensive than SBN
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to FWA flights

Destination alternative #3: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, MI

  • 91 miles (146 km) away from SBN
  • Usually 39.31% less expensive than SBN
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to GRR flights

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

  • 138 miles (222 km) away from SBN
  • Usually 42.49% less expensive than SBN
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to IND flights

Destination alternative #5: Toledo Express Airport (TOL) in Toledo, OH

  • 130 miles (209 km) away from SBN
  • Usually 37.86% less expensive than SBN
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to TOL flights

Destination alternative #6: Capital Region International Airport (LAN) in Lansing, MI

  • 115 miles (185 km) away from SBN
  • Usually 35.26% less expensive than SBN
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to LAN flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 3 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 84 miles or 135 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to SBN flight is about 1 hour 8 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and South Bend, IN?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 41 available flights from ORD to SBN.


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 SBN
Destination airport name South Bend International Airport
City South Bend, IN
Country the United States
Latitude 41.7
Longitude -86.3


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from ORD to SBN tend to depart much later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 48% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 10% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SBN heading for ORD about 53 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in South Bend, IN is about 51 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 53 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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