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Chicago to London Flight Time and Distance

Average flight time is
7 hours 47 minutes
Chicago
United States (USA)
London
United Kingdom
Chicago to London Flight Time and Distance
Alex Manea
Written By Alex Manea
Last Updated: April 19, 2024

Chicago is the third largest city in the US and one of the major hubs for flights from Europe thanks to the Chicago to London route. There are currently 3 airlines operating direct flights from Chicago O'hare International Airport to London Heathrow Airport. Nonstop flights take around 7 hours and 47 minutes and you can find cheap flights starting from as low as $572 (£450 / €524). Keep reading to find out more about this route, like the shortest Chicago to London flight time, which airlines fly nonstop and how much a round trip flight costs.

Chicago to London Flight Time by Airline

Unlike the New York to London route that is operated by more than 5 airlines, the Chicago to London one is only operated by 3 airlines that fly non-stop. These are United Airlines, American Airlines, and British Airways.

Of the 3, American Airlines has the shortest Chicago to London flight time: 7 hours and 40 minutes. British Airways flights from Chicago take 7 hours and 45 minutes, while United Airlines flights take 8 hours.

The return flight, London to Chicago, takes about one hour longer. American Airlines has the shortest London to Chicago flight time, 8 hours and 40 minutes.

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Flight Departure Time

There are around 5-9 Chicago to London flights each day, depending on season and day of the week. The earliest flight departs from Chicago ORD at around 8:30 in the morning and is operated by American Airlines. The rest of the flights leave Chicago in the afternoon or evening, between 4 PM and 9 PM.

Chicago to London Flight Distance

If you're wondering how much ground airplanes have to cover during a flight, we got you covered. The shortest distance between Chicago and London is 3,949.93 mi (6,356.80 km). Although it is a long distance, it's nothing compared to the longest flight in the world. The New York to Singapore flight covers a whopping distance of 9,537.43 mi (15,349 km).

Departure and Arrival Airports

Unlike other US to Europe routes, the Chicago to London one has only one departing airport and one arrival airport.

All flights depart from O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and land at Heathrow (LHR). There are no non-stop flights from Chicago that land at London Gatwick AirportLutonStansted, Southend, or London City Airport.

Is Chicago to London Flight Covered by UK261?

To be covered by this law, in case of a flight delay or cancellation, you need to fly with an airline from the United Kingdom. In this case, the only UK airline that operates this route is British Airways, the flag carrier of the UK and a member of Star Alliance. The table below gives a simple visual representation of this rule. Visit our dedicated guide to learn more about British air passenger law.

Route

EU Airline

UK Airline

Non-EU Airline

Departures from London 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Departures from Chicago

Yes

Yes

No

Chicago to London Delayed or Cancelled Flight: How to claim compensation

If you've experienced a flight delay of 3 hours or longer while flying with British Airways, or any other UK airline, from Chicago to London, you could be eligible to receive up to $650 (£520) in compensation. The same rule applies to a flight that has been cancelled.

To learn more on what steps you need to take, read our British Airways flight delay and cancellation compensation guide.

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How to Find Cheapest Flights from Chicago to London

The regular Economy ticket price is anywhere between $710 (£559 / €650) and $1,093 (£860 / €1,000), but the cheapest tickets you can find are only $572 (£450 / €524), according to Google Flights.

These low prices are available only if you follow these rules:

  • book flight tickets with at least 2-3 months in advance
  • fly between late September to early March, with the exception of Christmas and New Year's Eve
  • compare prices

The cheapest round trip ticket price is only $653 (£514 / €598).

Additional information other travellers found helpful

FAQ

How long is a flight from Chicago to London?

A flight from Chicago to London usually lasts around 7 hours and 47 minutes, with the longest one being 8 hours and 10 minutes.

What airlines fly from Chicago to London?

Currently, there are 3 airlines that offer nonstop flights: United Airlines, American Airlines, and British Airways.

How much is a flight from Chicago to London?

The average ticket price is between 0 (£559 / €650) and

How long is a flight from Chicago to London?

A flight from Chicago to London usually lasts around 7 hours and 47 minutes, with the longest one being 8 hours and 10 minutes.

What airlines fly from Chicago to London?

Currently, there are 3 airlines that offer nonstop flights: United Airlines, American Airlines, and British Airways.

How much is a flight from Chicago to London?

The average ticket price is between $710 (£559 / €650) and $1,093 (£860 / €1,000), with the cheapest one being just $572 (£450 / €524).

What is the cheapest round trip ticket from Chicago to London?

The cheapest Chicago - London round trip ticket costs only $653 (£514 / €598).

,093 (£860 / €1,000), with the cheapest one being just 2 (£450 / €524).

What is the cheapest round trip ticket from Chicago to London?

The cheapest Chicago - London round trip ticket costs only 3 (£514 / €598).

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