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Distance between Pittsburgh and Richmond

Driving non-stop from Pittsburgh to Richmond

How far is Richmond from Pittsburgh? Here's the quick answer if you are able to make this entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 342 miles or 550 km

Driving time: 5 hours, 21 minutes

Realistically, you'll probably want to add a buffer for rest stops, gas, or food along the way. To get a better idea of how long this trip would really be, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.

Flying non-stop from Pittsburgh to Richmond

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Richmond, Virginia. 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.

Flight distance: 241 miles or 389 km

Flight time: 59 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 101 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.4x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/5th of the time it would take to drive.

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. Scroll down to see a more realistic calculation that takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Pittsburgh to Richmond road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Richmond, and you want to stop along the way to rest. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and maybe even find a hotel to stay overnight. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Based on the length of this trip, we think you could spread out this fun road trip over more than one day.

Road trip: 2 days of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 5.5 hours on the road with 1 overnight


Start in Pittsburgh.

Drive for about 1 hour, then stop in Somerset (Pennsylvania) and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 54 minutes then stop in Breezewood and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 54 minutes then stop at domestic restaurant. Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 1 hour, then stop in Washington, DC and stay for about 2.5 hours. Next, drive for another 1.5 hours then stop at Kings Dominion and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 5.5 hours and arrive in Richmond.

To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:

Pittsburgh to Richmond airports and flights

In the quick calculation above, we assumed you had a private plane and just wanted to know the time in the air from city to city. But for most of us, we're going to be flying on a commercial airline (whether it's first class or coach). So that means we really need to account for all the extra travel time getting to the airport, waiting for our flight, and making it to the destination.

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

Arrival airport: Richmond International Airport (RIC)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 39 minutes

Getting to your destination: 25 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from PIT connecting through IAD and arriving at RIC flying on United Airlines. We can figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, time to taxi on the runways, and an average layover time of about 2 hours.

Initial flight time: 1 hour, 1 minute

Connecting airport: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Connection flight time: 43 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Pittsburgh to Richmond including time spent getting to and from the airports, roughly 2 hours at the departure airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, plus the connecting flight with a 2-hour layover.

Total travel time: 7 hours

Plan a trip to Richmond

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Richmond, Virginia. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Richmond. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out The Jefferson Hotel. A great place to eat might be Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Richmond like Carytown. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Richmond like What is there to do in Richmond?. Click the button below to explore Richmond in detail.

How far is it the other way?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Richmond to Pittsburgh, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know Pittsburgh, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Pittsburgh!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 342 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 21 minutes
flight distance is 241 miles
flight time of 59 minutes
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8 Richmond travel answers

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