Since Chicago is served by a very large and busy airport, finding flights to Chicago from Detroit is as easy as doing a search on your favorite booking engine. Do try to book several weeks in advance especially if you plan to fly during the holidays.

Airport choices

Chicago is served by three airports but you’ll most likely land on Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The massive airport is the largest hub for United Airlines and second largest for American Airlines. Taxi fares from the airport to the city center are around $40. Also there are trains which link O’Hare with the city center.

Detroit is served by Detroit Metro Airport, located about 20 minutes from the city center. It’s the hub for Northwest Airlines. The airport is modern, providing free transfer between terminals. To get to the city center, you can choose a taxi (fare about $45-50) or a bus (fare $1.50).

Best airline choices

Three of the most important airlines flying to Chicago from Detroit are United Airlines, Northwest Airlines and American Airlines. Other airlines serving the route include:

  • Frontier
  • US Airways
  • Delta Air Lines


Typical prices

Ticket prices for flights to Chicago from Detroit tend to vary according to the season, with the highest fares during the summer peak and the holiday. Expect an average ticket to cost $160-240 during the high season. Outside the summer season, prices are lower but still in the $140 range.

Out of all the airlines flying to Chicago from Detroit, Northwestern, American Airlines and Delta seam to have the lowest fares but they do depend on when you book the ticket.

Money saving tips

Try to book your ticket in advance but not too far in advance; studies showed that ideally you should book your ticket 2 to 8 weeks before departure in order to get the best deals.

Also, if your dates are flexible, try to fly mid-week and at rather weird hours (very early in the morning, for example). Flying outside the peak summer months or the American holidays is also a good idea if you want to save some money.

You can find some good deals if you check the discount websites such as Travelocity, Expedia, Priceline or Hotwire. Of course it’s always a good idea to check the airlines’ website and put those saved miles to good use.