The cheapest times to fly from SFO to ORD are
- January 1st to March 11th
- August 6th to November 18th
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 SFO to ORD is late October to early November. Prices can be as high as $742 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $249 for Tuesday flights around late October to early November.
When to Fly to Chicago
Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Chicago, IL (ORD) will usually cost between $261 to $405 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October to early November with an average ticket price of $276. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $457. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $181 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $308 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to ORD flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SFO to ORD route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the SFO to ORD flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from San Francisco. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.1, which is far below 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 $53 (15%) 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 $292. Return trip prices are from the ORD to SFO flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.
Departing Prices by Day
Return Trip Prices by Day
Nonstop Flights and Layovers
Travelers looking to fly from SFO to ORD can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 18 minutes may be realistic.
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from SFO to ORD? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 13 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to San Francisco International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 1841 miles or 2963 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from SFO to ORD?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to ORD flight is about 4 hour 18 minutes.
How many flights go between San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 76 available flights from SFO to ORD.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||San Francisco International Airport|
|City||San Francisco, CA|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Chicago O’Hare International Airport|
|Country||the United States|
Late and Early Flight Data
Flights from SFO 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 19% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave ORD heading for SFO about 15 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Chicago, IL is about 6 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:
- American: 13 minutes late
- United: 17 minutes late
- Alaska: 9 minutes late
- Some airlines not reporting
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