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Travel time from Chicago to Indianapolis



Chicago to Indianapolis airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Chicago to Indianapolis? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Indianapolis, 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.


Wednesday, 9:07 am:  start in Chicago
drive for about 48 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 10:50 am at the latest

9:55 am:  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 11:20 am

10:25 am:  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

11:25 am:  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

11:55 am:  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

12:10 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

12:20 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 7 minutes

12:27 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 23 minutes to taxi to the runway

12:50 pm:  wheels up! take-off from ORD
fly for about 33 minutes in the air

2:23 pm (local time):  Indianapolis International (IND)
Indianapolis is 1 hour ahead of Chicago
so the time in Chicago is actually 1:23 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

2:29 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at IND
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 24 minutes to your destination

2:54 pm (local time):  arrive in Indianapolis

Total travel time: 5 hours




Flying non-stop from Chicago to Indianapolis

How far is Indianapolis 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: 165 miles or 265 km

Flight time: 32 minutes

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 4 hours, 47 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 6.1x faster, and saves you about 4 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.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book 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.



Best day of the week to fly to Indianapolis

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from ORD to IND, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Based on these statistical results, we chose Wednesday for the flight itinerary above.




Alternate flights from Chicago to Indianapolis

The most common route is ORD to IND, 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:

  1. ORD to IND
    Chicago O'Hare International to Indianapolis International
  2. MDW to IND
    Chicago Midway International to Indianapolis International




Airlines that fly to Indianapolis

We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. 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:

  1. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  2. Envoy Air (MQ)
  3. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  4. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)




Plan a trip to Indianapolis

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Indianapolis, Indiana. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Indianapolis. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Indianapolis like Indianapolis Museum of Art. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Indianapolis like What is your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis? Click the button below to explore Indianapolis in detail.






What about the return flight?

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 Indianapolis to Chicago, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a Chicago to Indianapolis road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Chicago to Indianapolis?

If you happen to know Chicago, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Chicago!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 165 miles
flight time of 32 minutes
Indianapolis is 1 hour ahead of Chicago
267 Chicago travel answers
26 Indianapolis travel answers

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Indianapolis Airports
  1. Indianapolis International Airport



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