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Fares from $45 One Way, $90 Round Trip from San Francisco to Chicago

Prices starting at $90 for return flights and $45 for one-way flights to Chicago were the cheapest prices found within the past 7 days, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.

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More About Flying To Chicago from San Francisco

Flights from San Francisco to Chicago - Frequently Asked Questions

Are there non-stop flights from San Francisco to Chicago?

Get ready to enjoy a hassle-free flight aboard one of the 3 airlines that fly directly from San Francisco, CA Airport (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) to Chicago, IL Airport (ORD-O'Hare Intl.). Here's a list of reliable carriers to book with:

  • United Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Alaska Airlines
What is the shortest flight from San Francisco to Chicago?

Flying from San Francisco, CA Airport (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) to Chicago, IL Airport (ORD-O'Hare Intl.) will take you at least 4 hours and 3 minutes. Savor a wine and watch a show or two — it’s the perfect opportunity to take some time out.

What airlines fly from San Francisco to Chicago most frequently?

The carriers that offer the most frequent flights between San Francisco, CA Airport (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) and Chicago, IL Airport (ORD-O'Hare Intl.) include United Airlines (UA). This popular option operates 220 flights on the route every month. If you want a few more options, take a look at the ticket prices with American Airlines (AA), which operates 70 flights from San Francisco to Chicago every month.

Route Information for Flights from San Francisco to Chicago

Origin Airport IATA CodeSJC
Destination Airport IATA CodeCHI
Distance1842 mi
Direct Flight AirlinesAmerican Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air Canada, LOT - Polish Airlines, Austrian, Aer Lingus, Asiana Airlines, Air New Zealand, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Qantas, SAS, ANA, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Air China LTD, Gulf Air, British Airways
Earliest Flight Arrival7:19PM UTC
Latest Flight Arrival1:16PM UTC

Flights Review

Aug 18, 2019

The flight attendants really helped my husband and I the ladies in the back of the plane were wonderful. My husband has a tumor in his spine we used your wheelchair service everyone was awesome to us. We are now here at Mayo in Rochester. Thank to all your crew from SJC to Rochester Minn

Aug 13, 2019

Too expensive!

Aug 11, 2019

Good experience

Jul 12, 2019

Good customer service

Jul 22, 2018

Seat spacing is so tight my knees are constantly jammed into the seat ahead of me. Tall is a handicap at Times.

Jun 12, 2018

Very long line to drop off bag.

May 29, 2018

Serving extra water is a great idea.

Feb 2, 2018

Great seats! Seemed very roomy in coach class.

Traveling from San Francisco to Chicago

San Francisco International Airport Information

The San Francisco International Airport (Highway 101 near the junction of Highway 380) is the primary commercial passenger airport serving San Francisco and the surrounding areas. The airport hosts most international and domestic airlines offering cheap flights from San Francisco. You can also use to book an alternate flight out of Oakland International Airport (1 Oakland Drive, Oakland) or San Jose International Airport (2065 Airport Boulevard, San Jose).

Parking at San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International's parking garages are a 10-minute walk or less from the gates, and there is free shuttle service from the long-term lots. Parking costs anywhere from $18 to $38 per day, depending on the option you choose. If you've used to book your discount flights, you may have saved enough to justify spending the extra money to use the airport's valet parking service.

Ground Transportation Information

A taxi, limousine or shared-ride van to the airport will cost anywhere from $17 to $40. Factor in plenty of extra travel time for the 13-mile ride, as rush-hour traffic can be brutal. You can also use the public BART system or the SamTrans public bus service, both of which will cost you less than $10. Don't forget to use before you leave to book a rental car in your destination city.

Restaurant Options at the Airport

The San Francisco airport has roughly 50 eateries where you can grab a coffee or have a light meal. Most of the restaurants and cafes are located within the terminals past the security checkpoint, but there are a few restaurants before you reach the security gates. Have a great flight to your final destination, and don't forget to use the next time you're looking for cheap flights from San Francisco.

Airports in Chicago

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is located on West O'Hare, approximately 18 miles from downtown Chicago. It has hubs for every major airline that offers flights to Chicago, including American Airlines, British Airways and JetBlue. The Chicago Midway International Airport is located on South Cicero Avenue, approximately 12 miles from downtown Chicago. Seven airlines service Midway airport, including Air Tran, Delta and Southwest Airlines. searches flights arriving at both airports so you get the best prices.

Transportation from the Airport

Both airports offer public transportation via Chicago's elevated train system. The tickets cost $2.25, or you can purchase an all-day pass for $5.75. Taxi services are also available from both airports. Cab fares to downtown Chicago range from $35 to $45. If you want to rent a car for the duration of your stay, can reserve a vehicle for you. Both airports have onsite rental car facilities.

Weather in Chicago

Summer temperatures in Chicago range from 66 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit, and the temperatures during the winter months range from 18 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Chicago is prone to heavy snowfall during the winter months, so most vacationers travel to Chicago during the summer. However, if you use and schedule your trip during the off-peak travel season, it's easy to find cheap flights to Chicago.

Highlights and Attractions not only helps you find cheap flights to Chicago, but can also help you purchase tickets to the Sears Tower or make reservations for guided city tours.

^Savings based on all package bookings with Flight + Hotel made on from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.