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Travel time from Seattle to Memphis



Seattle to Memphis airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Seattle to Memphis? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Memphis, 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, 10:17 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 11:45 am at the latest

10:50 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 12:15 pm

11:20 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

12:20 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

12:50 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

1:05 pm:  board Alaska Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

1:15 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

1:31 pm:  wheels up! take-off from SEA
fly for about 2 hours in the air

3:36 pm:  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 10 minutes to the gate

3:46 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

4:30 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 44 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

4:45 pm:  board Delta Air Lines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

4:55 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 21 minutes

5:16 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

5:31 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from DEN
fly for about 3 hours in the air

10:34 pm (local time):  Memphis International (MEM)
Memphis is 2 hours ahead of Seattle
so the time in Seattle is actually 8:34 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 5 minutes to the gate

10:39 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at MEM
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 25 minutes to your destination

11:05 pm (local time):  arrive in Memphis

Total travel time: 11 hours




Flying non-stop from Seattle to Memphis

How far is Memphis 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: 1,867 miles or 3004 km

Flight time: 3 hours, 38 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 10 hours, 48 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3.6x faster, and saves you about 8 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.



Best day of the week to fly to Memphis

Looking at flights on Alaska Airlines Inc. from SEA to LAX, and connecting flights on Delta Air Lines Inc. from LAX to MEM, 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 Memphis

The most common route is SEA to LAX, then connecting to MEM, 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 MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Los Angeles International to Memphis International
  2. SEA to DEN to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Denver International to Memphis International
  3. SEA to PHX to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Memphis International
  4. SEA to ATL to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Memphis International
  5. SEA to DFW to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Memphis International
  6. SEA to ORD to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Chicago O'Hare International to Memphis International
  7. SEA to IAH to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Memphis International
  8. SEA to MSP to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Memphis International
  9. SEA to DTW to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Memphis International
  10. SEA to EWR to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Newark Liberty International to Memphis International
  11. SEA to CLT to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Charlotte Douglas International to Memphis International
  12. SEA to MDW to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Chicago Midway International to Memphis International
  13. SEA to MCO to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Orlando International to Memphis International
  14. SEA to DAL to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Dallas Love Field to Memphis International
  15. SEA to BWI to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Memphis International
  16. SEA to AUS to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Austin - Bergstrom International to Memphis International
  17. SEA to HOU to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to William P Hobby to Memphis International
  18. SEA to TPA to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Tampa International to Memphis International
  19. BFI to YVR to MEM
    Boeing Field/King County International to Vancouver International to Memphis International
  20. LKE to YVR to MEM
    Lake Union Terminal to Vancouver International to Memphis International
  21. SEA to CVG to MEM
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International to Memphis International
  22. BFI to YYC to MEM
    Boeing Field/King County International to Calgary International to Memphis International
  23. BFI to YYZ to MEM
    Boeing Field/King County International to Lester B. Pearson International to Memphis International
  24. BFI to MTY to MEM
    Boeing Field/King County International to General Mariano Escobedo International to Memphis International
  25. BFI to YEG to MEM
    Boeing Field/King County International to Edmonton International to Memphis International
  26. BFI to KIX to MEM
    Boeing Field/King County International to Kansai International to Memphis International
  27. BFI to SJO to MEM
    Boeing Field/King County International to Juan Santamaria International to Memphis International
  28. BFI to MAD to MEM
    Boeing Field/King County International to Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas to Memphis International




Airlines that fly to Memphis

We picked Alaska Airlines 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. 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)




Plan a trip to Memphis

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Memphis, Tennessee. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Memphis. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Peabody Hotel. A great place to eat might be Central BBQ. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Memphis like Beale Street. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Memphis like What are the musts of Memphis, y'all? Click the button below to explore Memphis 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 Memphis 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 Memphis road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Seattle to Memphis?

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,867 miles
flight time of 3 hours, 38 minutes
Memphis is 2 hours ahead of Seattle
245 Seattle travel answers
96 Memphis travel answers

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Memphis Airports
  1. Memphis International Airport



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