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Travel time from Raleigh to Pittsburgh


Raleigh to Pittsburgh airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Raleigh to Pittsburgh? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Pittsburgh, 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, 11:54 am:  start in Raleigh
drive for about 33 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 1:22 pm at the latest

12:27 pm:  Raleigh-Durham International (RDU)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 1:52 pm

12:57 pm:  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

1:57 pm:  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

2:27 pm:  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

2:42 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:52 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 4 minutes

2:56 pm:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 17 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:13 pm:  wheels up! take-off from RDU
fly for about 1 hour in the air

4:14 pm:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Atlanta, GA is the same time as Raleigh/Durham, NC
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

4:20 pm:  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

4:55 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 35 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

5:10 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

5:20 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 2 minutes

5:22 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 12 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:34 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 1 hour in the air

6:48 pm (local time):  Pittsburgh International (PIT)
Pittsburgh is the same time as Raleigh
taxi on the runway for an average of 6 minutes to the gate

6:54 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at PIT
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 39 minutes to your destination

7:33 pm (local time):  arrive in Pittsburgh

Total travel time: 8 hours

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Flying non-stop from Raleigh to Pittsburgh

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

Flight distance: 330 miles or 532 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 10 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 7 hours, 39 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 7.7x faster, and saves you about 6.5 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.

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. 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.


Pittsburgh Airports
  1. Pittsburgh International Airport
  2. Arnold Palmer Regional Airport


Best day of the week to fly to Pittsburgh

Looking at flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from RDU to ATL, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from ATL to PIT, 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 Raleigh to Pittsburgh

The most common route is RDU to ATL, then connecting to PIT, 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. RDU to ATL to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Pittsburgh International
  2. RDU to CLT to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Charlotte Douglas International to Pittsburgh International
  3. RDU to ORD to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Chicago O'Hare International to Pittsburgh International
  4. RDU to MCO to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Orlando International to Pittsburgh International
  5. RDU to BWI to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Pittsburgh International
  6. RDU to DFW to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Pittsburgh International
  7. RDU to BOS to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Logan International to Pittsburgh International
  8. RDU to PHL to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Philadelphia International to Pittsburgh International
  9. RDU to MDW to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Chicago Midway International to Pittsburgh International
  10. RDU to DEN to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Denver International to Pittsburgh International
  11. RDU to DTW to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Pittsburgh International
  12. RDU to TPA to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Tampa International to Pittsburgh International
  13. RDU to FLL to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Pittsburgh International
  14. RDU to LGA to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to LaGuardia to Pittsburgh International
  15. RDU to BNA to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Nashville International to Pittsburgh International
  16. RDU to PHX to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Pittsburgh International
  17. RDU to EWR to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Newark Liberty International to Pittsburgh International
  18. RDU to LAS to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to McCarran International to Pittsburgh International
  19. RDU to LAX to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Los Angeles International to Pittsburgh International
  20. RDU to MSP to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Pittsburgh International
  21. RDU to HOU to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to William P Hobby to Pittsburgh International
  22. RDU to STL to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Lambert-St. Louis International to Pittsburgh International
  23. RDU to DAL to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Dallas Love Field to Pittsburgh International
  24. RDU to JFK to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to John F. Kennedy International to Pittsburgh International
  25. RDU to SFO to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to San Francisco International to Pittsburgh International
  26. RDU to IAH to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Pittsburgh International
  27. RDU to MSY to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Pittsburgh International
  28. RDU to DCA to PIT
    Raleigh-Durham International to Ronald Reagan Washington National to Pittsburgh International


Airlines that fly to Pittsburgh

We picked Delta Air Lines Inc. for your main flight, and Delta Air Lines 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. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  2. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)


Plan a trip to Pittsburgh

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Pittsburgh. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel. A great place to eat might be Primanti Brothers. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Pittsburgh like Andy Warhol Museum. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Pittsburgh like First timer to Pittsburgh, what should I explore? . Click the button below to explore Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh to Raleigh, 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 Raleigh to Pittsburgh road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Raleigh to Pittsburgh?

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






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 330 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 10 minutes
13 Raleigh travel answers
31 Pittsburgh travel answers










   
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