The cheapest times to fly from ORD to YOW are

  • January 1st to February 18th
  • May 7th to May 27th (except the week of May 14th)
  • August 20th to December 16th

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 YOW is early September. Prices can be as high as $517 for Monday flights during early to mid June, or as low as $273 for Wednesday flights around early September.


When to Fly to Ottawa

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Ottawa (YOW) will usually cost between $278 to $419 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $278. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid June, with an average price of $421. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $143 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $353 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to YOW flight.

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

ORD to YOW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to YOW 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 $0.34, which is in the normal range for a flight.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Mondays are the most expensive days to fly to Ottawa, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Chicago. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $27 (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 $336. Return trip prices are from the YOW 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 YOW can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 9 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 YOW while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Ogdensburg International Airport (OGS) in Ogdensburg, NY

  • 45 miles (72 km) away from YOW
  • Usually 34.61% less expensive than YOW
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to OGS flights

Destination alternative #2: Burlington International Airport (BTV) in Burlington, VT

  • 136 miles (219 km) away from YOW
  • Usually 14.33% less expensive than YOW
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to BTV flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, American, Delta, Qantas, United, WestJet, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ottawa Macdonald Cartier International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 653 miles or 1051 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to YOW flight is about 2 hour 9 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Ottawa?

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


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 YOW
Destination airport name Ottawa Macdonald Cartier International Airport
City Ottawa
Country Canada
Latitude 45.3
Longitude -75.7


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