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Travel time from Chicago to New York City


Chicago to New York City airports and flights

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


Thursday, 7:28 am:  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 9:10 am at the latest

8:15 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 9:40 am

8:45 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

9:45 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

10:15 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

10:30 am:  board JetBlue Airways flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:40 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 14 minutes

10:54 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 19 minutes to taxi to the runway

11:13 am:  wheels up! take-off from ORD
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

1:52 pm (local time):  John F. Kennedy International (JFK)
New York City is 1 hour ahead of Chicago
so the time in Chicago is actually 12:52 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

1:57 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at JFK
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 38 minutes to your destination

2:35 pm (local time):  arrive in New York City

Total travel time: 6 hours

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Flying non-stop from Chicago to New York City

How far is New York City 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: 713 miles or 1147 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 36 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, 7 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 6.1x 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.


New York City Airports
  1. LaGuardia Airport
  2. Newark Liberty International Airport
  3. Teterboro Airport
  4. John F. Kennedy International Airport
  5. Morristown Municipal Airport
  6. Westchester County Airport
  7. Long Island MacArthur Airport


Best day of the week to fly to New York City

Looking at flights on JetBlue Airways from ORD to JFK, 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 Thursday for the flight itinerary above.



Alternate flights from Chicago to New York City

The most common route is ORD to JFK, 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 LGA
    Chicago O'Hare International to LaGuardia
  2. ORD to EWR
    Chicago O'Hare International to Newark Liberty International
  3. MDW to LGA
    Chicago Midway International to LaGuardia
  4. MDW to EWR
    Chicago Midway International to Newark Liberty International
  5. ORD to JFK
    Chicago O'Hare International to John F. Kennedy International
  6. ORD to HPN
    Chicago O'Hare International to Westchester County


Airlines that fly to New York City

We picked JetBlue Airways 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. JetBlue Airways (B6)
  2. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  3. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)


Plan a trip to New York City

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to New York, New York. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in New York City. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out The Standard New York. A great place to eat might be Katz's Delicatessen. Trippy members can suggest things to do in New York City like Central Park. Check out some of the questions people have asked about New York City like Is it a good idea to visit NYC in December? Click the button below to explore New York City 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 New York City 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 New York City road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Chicago to New York City?

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






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 713 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 36 minutes
New York City is 1 hour ahead of Chicago
328 Chicago travel answers
622 New York City travel answers










   
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