The cheapest times to fly from SCE to ORD are

  • August 6th to November 11th (except the weeks of August 13th, October 8th, and October 15th)
  • December 3rd to April 29th (except the weeks of December 17th, January 1st, and March 5th)

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


When to Fly to Chicago

Flying from State College, PA (SCE) to Chicago, IL (ORD) 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 mid to late November, with an average price of $383. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $50 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 SCE to ORD flight.

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

SCE to ORD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SCE to ORD flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from State College. 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 ORD to SCE 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 SCE to ORD 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 SCE to ORD while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee, WI

  • 67 miles (108 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 14.61% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See SCE to MKE flights

Destination alternative #2: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, MI

  • 137 miles (220 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 36.10% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See SCE to GRR flights

Destination alternative #3: Dane County Regional-Truax Field Airport (MSN) in Madison, WI

  • 108 miles (174 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 14.18% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See SCE to MSN flights

Destination alternative #4: South Bend International Airport (SBN) in South Bend, IN

  • 84 miles (135 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 13.61% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See SCE to SBN flights

Destination alternative #5: General Downing – Peoria International Airport (PIA) in Peoria, IL

  • 130 miles (209 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 12.61% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See SCE to PIA flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

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

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

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

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 43 available flights from SCE to ORD.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination code ORD
Destination airport name Chicago O’Hare International Airport
City Chicago, IL
Country the United States
Latitude 42
Longitude -87.9


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from SCE to ORD tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 31% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 40% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave ORD heading for SCE about 22 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Chicago, IL is about 15 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 37 minutes late
  • Envoy: 21 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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