How long does it really take to fly from Seattle to Houston? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Houston, 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, 11:12 am: start in Seattle
drive for about 33 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 12:40 pm at the latest
11:45 am: Seattle/Tacoma International (SEA)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 1:10 pm
12:15 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
1:15 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
1:45 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
2:00 pm: board United Air Lines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route
2:10 pm: this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 4 minutes
2:14 pm: so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 21 minutes to taxi to the runway
2:35 pm: wheels up! take-off from SEA
fly for about 3.5 hours in the air
8:17 pm (local time): George Bush Intercontinental/Houston (IAH)
Houston is 2 hours ahead of Seattle
so the time in Seattle is actually 6:17 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate
8:24 pm (local time): arrive at the gate at IAH
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 46 minutes to your destination
9:10 pm (local time): arrive in Houston
Total travel time: 8 hours
How far is Houston from Seattle? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.
Flight distance: 1,891 miles or 3043 km
Flight time: 3 hours, 57 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, 58 minutes.
Flying private is roughly 2.7x faster, and saves you about 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 medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, 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.
Looking at flights on United Air Lines Inc. from SEA to IAH, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:
Based on these statistical results, we chose Thursday for the flight itinerary above.
The most common route is SEA to IAH, 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:
We picked United Air Lines Inc. for your main 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:
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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 Houston to Seattle, 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 Seattle to Houston road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Seattle to Houston?
If you happen to know Seattle, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Seattle!