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Fly from Chicago to Chennai with Etihad Airways

Book flights from Chicago to Chennai to transport yourself from the Windy City to the Gateway of South India.

Like Chicago, Chennai combines city life with great beaches, museums and cultural attractions, so you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained.

ORD to MAA: flight facts

Journey time 19hrs 30mins

Your exact journey time may vary depending on the length of your stopover in the enchanting Abu Dhabi.

Flight distance 9,156 miles

A flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Chennai International Airport (MAA), with a connection in Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), covers a distance of 9,156 miles (14,735 kilometres).

Your flight from Chicago to Chennai

Your flight from Chicago to Chennai takes off from O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and heads over the Great Lakes, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean.

You’ll pass over Greenland en route to eastern Europe, soaring over Belarus. After a stop at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) for a connection, you’ll fly across the Arabian Sea and over India to the country’s east coast, touching down at Chennai International Airport (MAA) for the start of your adventure.

*Aircraft, cabins and services may vary by route and flight. You can check this when you search for your flight. This page was last updated Sept 2019.

Flying from Chicago to Chennai: FAQs

What can I eat in Chennai?

Chennai is an exciting city for food lovers, with great vegetarian offerings, plenty of street food and also lots of choice for meat eaters. For those who love spice, try chicken 65 – named for the number of chillies supposed to be used in the dish. You’ll also find a great range of international restaurants in the city.

How do I get from Chennai International Airport to the city centre?

Suburban train services run regularly throughout the day from Tirusulam station, near the airport’s domestic terminal parking areas. Another option is Chennai’s Metro Rail System, which has a station between the domestic and international terminals.

Prepaid taxi kiosks can also be found outside the airport’s international terminal. If you want a quick and easy onward journey, book a private transfer with Etihad.

Top tips for Chicago to Chennai

government museum chennai

Experience Chennai Government Museum’s treasures

Built in the mid-19th century, part of Chennai Government Museum’s main building is dedicated to archaeology and geology. It also features a splendid art gallery which is home to portraits of colonial era figures as well as an impressive display of ivory carvings. The building’s modern wing houses the world’s most impressive collection of Chola period bronzes.

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Soak up the sun at Marina Beach

Marina Beach is Chennai’s answer to the beaches that line Lake Michigan in Chicago. One of the world’s longest urban beaches, Marina Beach stretches for three glorious miles from the harbour at George Town to Chennai’s San Thome Church area.

Lay back on the golden sands, paddle in the sea, or look for a bargain at the beach market that takes place every afternoon.

The best of India

Chennai could just be the start of a longer Indian adventure. Take a look at online magazine Atlas for inspiration for your trip.

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