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Travel time from Seattle to Indianapolis


Seattle to Indianapolis airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Seattle to Indianapolis? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Indianapolis, 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, 3:27 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 4:55 am at the latest

4:00 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 5:25 am

4:30 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

5:30 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

6:00 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

6:15 am:  board Alaska Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

6:25 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 2 minutes

6:27 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 20 minutes to taxi to the runway

6:47 am:  wheels up! take-off from SEA
fly for about 2 hours in the air

8:58 am:  Los Angeles International (LAX)
Los Angeles, CA is the same time as Seattle, WA
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 24 minutes to the gate

9:22 am:  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

9:35 am:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 13 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

9:50 am:  board American Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:00 am:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 11 minutes

10:11 am:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 26 minutes to taxi to the runway

10:37 am:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 3.5 hours in the air

5:07 pm (local time):  Indianapolis International (IND)
Indianapolis is 3 hours ahead of Seattle
so the time in Seattle is actually 2:07 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

5:14 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at IND
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 24 minutes to your destination

5:39 pm (local time):  arrive in Indianapolis

Total travel time: 11 hours

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Flying non-stop from Seattle to Indianapolis

How far is Indianapolis 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: 1,872 miles or 3013 km

Flight time: 4 hours, 15 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 11 hours, 11 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 2.8x faster, and saves you about 7 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.


Indianapolis Airports
  1. Indianapolis International Airport


Best day of the week to fly to Indianapolis

Looking at flights on Alaska Airlines Inc. from SEA to LAX, and connecting flights on American Airlines Inc. from LAX to IND, 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 Seattle to Indianapolis

The most common route is SEA to LAX, then connecting to IND, 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. SEA to LAX to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Los Angeles International to Indianapolis International
  2. SEA to SFO to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to San Francisco International to Indianapolis International
  3. SEA to DEN to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Denver International to Indianapolis International
  4. SEA to PHX to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Indianapolis International
  5. SEA to LAS to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to McCarran International to Indianapolis International
  6. SEA to ATL to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Indianapolis International
  7. SEA to DFW to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Indianapolis International
  8. SEA to ORD to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Chicago O'Hare International to Indianapolis International
  9. SEA to MSP to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Indianapolis International
  10. SEA to IAH to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Indianapolis International
  11. SEA to DTW to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Indianapolis International
  12. SEA to MCO to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Orlando International to Indianapolis International
  13. SEA to EWR to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Newark Liberty International to Indianapolis International
  14. SEA to BOS to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Logan International to Indianapolis International
  15. SEA to BWI to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Indianapolis International
  16. SEA to CLT to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Charlotte Douglas International to Indianapolis International
  17. SEA to MCI to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Kansas City International to Indianapolis International
  18. SEA to DCA to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Ronald Reagan Washington National to Indianapolis International
  19. SEA to TPA to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Tampa International to Indianapolis International
  20. SEA to MDW to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Chicago Midway International to Indianapolis International
  21. SEA to FLL to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Indianapolis International
  22. SEA to PHL to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Philadelphia International to Indianapolis International
  23. SEA to DAL to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Dallas Love Field to Indianapolis International
  24. SEA to HOU to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to William P Hobby to Indianapolis International
  25. SEA to RDU to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Raleigh-Durham International to Indianapolis International
  26. SEA to MSY to IND
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Indianapolis International
  27. BFI to YVR to IND
    Boeing Field/King County International to Vancouver International to Indianapolis International
  28. BFI to YYZ to IND
    Boeing Field/King County International to Lester B. Pearson International to Indianapolis International
  29. BFI to KIX to IND
    Boeing Field/King County International to Kansai International to Indianapolis International
  30. BFI to YYC to IND
    Boeing Field/King County International to Calgary International to Indianapolis International
  31. BFI to YEG to IND
    Boeing Field/King County International to Edmonton International to Indianapolis International
  32. LKE to YVR to IND
    Lake Union Terminal to Vancouver International to Indianapolis International
  33. BFI to MAD to IND
    Boeing Field/King County International to Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas to Indianapolis International
  34. BFI to NGO to IND
    Boeing Field/King County International to Chubu Centrair International to Indianapolis International
  35. BFI to MTY to IND
    Boeing Field/King County International to General Mariano Escobedo International to Indianapolis International
  36. BFI to DUS to IND
    Boeing Field/King County International to Dusseldorf Airport to Indianapolis International
  37. BFI to ZRH to IND
    Boeing Field/King County International to Zurich Airport to Indianapolis International


Airlines that fly to Indianapolis

We picked Alaska Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and American 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. Alaska Airlines Inc. (AS)
  2. Delta Air Lines Inc. (DL)
  3. Virgin America (VX)
  4. SkyWest Airlines Inc. (OO)
  5. Spirit Air Lines (NK)
  6. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  7. United Air Lines Inc. (UA)
  8. Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)


Plan a trip to Indianapolis

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Indianapolis, Indiana. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Indianapolis. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Indianapolis like Indianapolis Museum of Art. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Indianapolis like What is your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis? Click the button below to explore Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Seattle to Indianapolis?

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






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,872 miles
flight time of 4 hours, 15 minutes
Indianapolis is 3 hours ahead of Seattle
270 Seattle travel answers
41 Indianapolis travel answers










   
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