How long does it really take to fly from Chicago to Helsingborg? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Helsingborg, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.
Tuesday, 6:48 pm: start in Chicago
drive for about 47 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 8:30 pm at the latest
7:35 pm: Chicago O'Hare International (ORD)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 9:00 pm
8:05 pm: get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time
9:05 pm: arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate
9:35 pm: prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat
9:50 pm: board Scandinavian Airlines Sys. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
10:00 pm: this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway
10:15 pm: wheels up! take-off from ORD
fly for about 9 hours in the air
Wednesday, 2:15 pm (local time): Kastrup (CPH)
Helsingborg is 7 hours ahead of Chicago
so the time in Chicago is actually 7:15 am
you actually arrive the day after you left
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate
2:30 pm (local time): arrive at the gate at CPH
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 1.5 hours to your destination
4:01 pm (local time): arrive in Helsingborg
Now finally, let's look at an example flight from ORD to CPH and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.
So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Chicago to Helsingborg including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.
Total travel time: 13 hours
How far is Helsingborg from Chicago? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.
Flight distance: 4,252 miles or 6843 km
Flight time: 9 hours
Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 14 hours, 14 minutes.
Flying private is roughly 1.6x faster, and saves you about 5 hours in your total travel time.
Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.
This is a fairly long flight, so unless you have a Gulfstream G650 or your own Boeing or Airbus, you might be booking a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.
The most common route is ORD to CPH, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:
We picked Scandinavian Airlines Sys. for your main flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:
Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Helsingborg, Sweden. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Helsingborg. A great place to eat might be Den Røde Cottage. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Helsingborg like Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Click the button below to explore Helsingborg in detail.
The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Helsingborg to Chicago, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.
If you happen to know Chicago, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Chicago!