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Travel time from Chicago to Niagara Falls



Chicago to Niagara Falls airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Chicago to Niagara Falls? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Niagara Falls, 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, 10:32 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 12:15 pm at the latest

11:20 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 12:45 pm

11:50 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

12:50 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

1:20 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

1:35 pm:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

1:45 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 13 minutes

1:58 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 21 minutes to taxi to the runway

2:19 pm:  wheels up! take-off from ORD
fly for about 1 hour in the air

4:25 pm (local time):  Buffalo Niagara International (BUF)
Niagara Falls is 1 hour ahead of Chicago
so the time in Chicago is actually 3:25 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

4:29 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at BUF
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 hour to your destination

5:32 pm (local time):  arrive in Niagara Falls

Total travel time: 6 hours




Flying non-stop from Chicago to Niagara Falls

How far is Niagara Falls 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: 445 miles or 717 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 23 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 5 hours, 60 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 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.

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 Niagara Falls

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from ORD to BUF, 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 Niagara Falls

The most common route is ORD to BUF, 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 BUF
    Chicago O'Hare International to Buffalo Niagara International
  2. MDW to BUF
    Chicago Midway International to Buffalo Niagara International




Airlines that fly to Niagara Falls

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. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)
  4. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)




Plan a trip to Niagara Falls

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Niagara Falls, Canada. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Niagara Falls. A great place to eat might be Anchor Bar. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Niagara Falls like Niagara Falls. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Niagara Falls like best place . Click the button below to explore Niagara Falls 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 Niagara Falls 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 Niagara Falls road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Chicago to Niagara Falls?

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 445 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 23 minutes
Niagara Falls is 1 hour ahead of Chicago
257 Chicago travel answers
53 Niagara Falls travel answers

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Niagara Falls Airports
  1. Niagara Falls International Airport
  2. Buffalo Niagara International Airport
  3. John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
  4. Toronto Pearson International Airport
  5. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport



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