The cheapest times to fly from ORD to SCE are

  • August 6th to November 11th (except the weeks of August 20th, October 8th, and October 15th)
  • December 3rd to April 29th (except the weeks of December 10th, January 8th, February 26th, and March 12th)

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 SCE is late September. Prices can be as high as $629 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $333 for Tuesday flights around late September.


When to Fly to State College

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to State College, PA (SCE) will usually cost between $333 to $375 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 $333. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $396. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $63 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $349 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to SCE flight.

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

ORD to SCE Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to SCE 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 $0.41, 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 $8 (2%) 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 $344. Return trip prices are from the SCE 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 SCE can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 56 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 SCE while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) in Pittsburgh, PA

  • 127 miles (204 km) away from SCE
  • Usually 33.52% less expensive than SCE
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to PIT flights

Destination alternative #2: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) in Baltimore, MD

  • 131 miles (211 km) away from SCE
  • Usually 32.38% less expensive than SCE
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to BWI flights

Destination alternative #3: Williamsport Regional Airport (IPT) in Williamsport, PA

  • 55 miles (89 km) away from SCE
  • Usually 20.63% less expensive than SCE
  • 1-layover flights available

See ORD to IPT flights

Destination alternative #4: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Washington, DC

  • 145 miles (233 km) away from SCE
  • Usually 20.92% less expensive than SCE
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to DCA flights

Destination alternative #5: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Washington, DC

  • 133 miles (214 km) away from SCE
  • Usually 15.62% less expensive than SCE
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to IAD flights

Destination alternative #6: Erie International/Tom Ridge Field Airport (ERI) in Erie, PA

  • 148 miles (238 km) away from SCE
  • Usually 16.91% less expensive than SCE
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to ERI flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from ORD to SCE? 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 University Park Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 527 miles or 848 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to SCE flight is about 1 hour 56 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and State College, PA?

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


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 SCE
Destination airport name University Park Airport
City State College, PA
Country the United States
Latitude 40.9
Longitude -77.8


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from ORD to SCE 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 11% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SCE heading for ORD about 24 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in State College, PA is about 20 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 28 minutes late
  • Envoy: 24 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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