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Travel time from Chicago to Miami Beach



Chicago to Miami Beach airports and flights

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


Sunday, 10:07 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 11:50 am at the latest

10:55 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 12:20 pm

11:25 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

12:25 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

12:55 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

1:10 pm:  board American Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

1:20 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 14 minutes to taxi to the runway

1:34 pm:  wheels up! take-off from ORD
fly for about 2.5 hours in the air

5:09 pm (local time):  Miami International (MIA)
Miami Beach is 1 hour ahead of Chicago
so the time in Chicago is actually 4:09 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

5:24 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at MIA
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 29 minutes to your destination

5:53 pm (local time):  arrive in Miami Beach

Total travel time: 7 hours




Flying non-stop from Chicago to Miami Beach

How far is Miami Beach 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: 1,189 miles or 1913 km

Flight time: 2 hours, 37 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 6 hours, 46 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3.4x 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 medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, 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.



Best day of the week to fly to Miami Beach

Looking at flights on American Airlines Inc. from ORD to MIA, 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 Sunday for the flight itinerary above.




Alternate flights from Chicago to Miami Beach

The most common route is ORD to MIA, 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 MIA
    Chicago O'Hare International to Miami International
  2. ORD to FLL
    Chicago O'Hare International to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
  3. MDW to FLL
    Chicago Midway International to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International




Airlines that fly to Miami Beach

We picked American 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. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  2. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  3. Frontier Airlines Inc. (F9)
  4. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)




Plan a trip to Miami Beach

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Miami Beach, Florida. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Miami Beach. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Fontainebleau Resort. A great place to eat might be Versailles. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Miami Beach like Miami Beach. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Miami Beach like I have only two days in Miami. Click the button below to explore Miami Beach 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 Miami Beach 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 Miami Beach road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Chicago to Miami Beach?

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 1,189 miles
flight time of 2 hours, 37 minutes
Miami Beach is 1 hour ahead of Chicago
258 Chicago travel answers
23 Miami Beach travel answers

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Miami Beach Airports
  1. Miami International Airport
  2. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport



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