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Travel time from Harrisburg to Seattle

Harrisburg to Seattle airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Harrisburg to Seattle? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Seattle, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.

Thursday, 7:40 am:  start in Harrisburg
drive for about 25 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 9:00 am at the latest

8:05 am:  Harrisburg International (MDT)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 9:30 am

8:35 am:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

9:35 am:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

10:05 am:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

10:20 am:  board SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:30 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 12 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:42 am:  wheels up! take-off from MDT
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

11:19 am (local time):  Chicago O'Hare International (ORD)
Chicago, IL is 1 hour behind Harrisburg, PA
so the time in Harrisburg is actually 12:19 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

11:26 am (local time):  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

1:40 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 2 hours, 14 minutes

1:55 pm (local time):  board Alaska Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:05 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 5 minutes

2:10 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 22 minutes to taxi to the runway

2:32 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 4 hours in the air

4:40 pm (local time):  Seattle/Tacoma International (SEA)
Seattle is 2 hours behind Chicago, IL
and 3 hours behind Harrisburg
so the time in Harrisburg is actually 7:40 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

4:47 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at SEA
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 33 minutes to your destination

5:20 pm (local time):  arrive in Seattle

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from MDT to SEA and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Harrisburg to Seattle including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 8 hours

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Flying non-stop from Harrisburg to Seattle

How far is Seattle from Harrisburg? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 2,289 miles or 3683 km

Flight time: 5 hours, 5 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 12 hours, 40 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 2.5x faster, and saves you about 7.5 hours in your total travel time.

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. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

This is a fairly long flight, so unless you have a Gulfstream G650 or your own Boeing or Airbus, you might be booking 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. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Seattle Airports
  1. Kenmore Air Harbor Seaplane Base
  2. King County International Airport
  3. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Best day of the week to fly to Seattle

Looking at flights on SkyWest Airlines Inc. from MDT to ORD, and connecting flights on Alaska Airlines Inc. from ORD to SEA, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Based on these statistical results, we chose Thursday for the flight itinerary above.

Alternate flights from Harrisburg to Seattle

The most common route is MDT to ORD, then connecting to SEA, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:

  1. MDT to ORD to SEA
    Harrisburg International to Chicago O'Hare International to Seattle/Tacoma International
  2. MDT to ATL to SEA
    Harrisburg International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Seattle/Tacoma International
  3. MDT to DTW to SEA
    Harrisburg International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Seattle/Tacoma International
  4. MDT to CLT to SEA
    Harrisburg International to Charlotte Douglas International to Seattle/Tacoma International

Airlines that fly to Seattle

We picked SkyWest Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and Alaska Airlines Inc. for your connecting flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  2. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  3. Envoy Air (MQ)
  4. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)
  5. Alaska Airlines Inc. (AS)
  6. American Airlines Inc. (AA)

Plan a trip to Seattle

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Seattle, Washington. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Seattle. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Ace Hotel. A great place to eat might be Serious Pie. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Seattle like Pike Place Market. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Seattle like Is the Space Needle worth seeing? Click the button below to explore Seattle in detail.

What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Seattle to Harrisburg, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a Harrisburg to Seattle road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Harrisburg to Seattle?

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 2,289 miles
flight time of 5 hours, 5 minutes
Seattle is 3 hours behind Harrisburg
15 Harrisburg travel answers
255 Seattle travel answers

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