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Travel time from Seattle to Pittsburgh


Seattle to Pittsburgh airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Seattle 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, 6:17 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 7:45 am at the latest

6:50 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 8:15 am

7:20 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

8:20 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

8:50 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

9:05 am:  board Alaska Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

9:15 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 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

9:31 am:  wheels up! take-off from SEA
fly for about 2 hours in the air

11:42 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 12 minutes to the gate

11:54 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

12:25 pm:  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 31 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

12:40 pm:  board Southwest Airlines Co. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

12:50 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 33 minutes

1:23 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 18 minutes to taxi to the runway

1:41 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 4 hours in the air

8:40 pm (local time):  Pittsburgh International (PIT)
Pittsburgh is 3 hours ahead of Seattle
so the time in Seattle is actually 5:40 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 7 minutes to the gate

8:47 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

9:26 pm (local time):  arrive in Pittsburgh

Total travel time: 12 hours

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Flying non-stop from Seattle to Pittsburgh

How far is Pittsburgh 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: 2,138 miles or 3441 km

Flight time: 4 hours, 47 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, 9 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 3x 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 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.


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


Best day of the week to fly to Pittsburgh

Looking at flights on Alaska Airlines Inc. from SEA to LAX, and connecting flights on Southwest Airlines Co. from LAX 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 Seattle to Pittsburgh

The most common route is SEA to LAX, 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. SEA to LAX to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Los Angeles International to Pittsburgh International
  2. SEA to SFO to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to San Francisco International to Pittsburgh International
  3. SEA to LAS to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to McCarran International to Pittsburgh International
  4. SEA to PHX to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Pittsburgh International
  5. SEA to DEN to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Denver International to Pittsburgh International
  6. SEA to ATL to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Pittsburgh International
  7. SEA to ORD to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Chicago O'Hare International to Pittsburgh International
  8. SEA to DFW to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Pittsburgh International
  9. SEA to MSP to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Minneapolis-St Paul International to Pittsburgh International
  10. SEA to CLT to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Charlotte Douglas International to Pittsburgh International
  11. SEA to BOS to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Logan International to Pittsburgh International
  12. SEA to DTW to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Detroit Metro Wayne County to Pittsburgh International
  13. SEA to MCO to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Orlando International to Pittsburgh International
  14. SEA to MDW to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Chicago Midway International to Pittsburgh International
  15. SEA to IAH to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston to Pittsburgh International
  16. SEA to JFK to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to John F. Kennedy International to Pittsburgh International
  17. SEA to PHL to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Philadelphia International to Pittsburgh International
  18. SEA to BWI to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall to Pittsburgh International
  19. SEA to EWR to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Newark Liberty International to Pittsburgh International
  20. SEA to FLL to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Pittsburgh International
  21. SEA to TPA to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Tampa International to Pittsburgh International
  22. SEA to STL to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Lambert-St. Louis International to Pittsburgh International
  23. SEA to DAL to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Dallas Love Field to Pittsburgh International
  24. SEA to DCA to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Ronald Reagan Washington National to Pittsburgh International
  25. SEA to BNA to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Nashville International to Pittsburgh International
  26. SEA to HOU to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to William P Hobby to Pittsburgh International
  27. SEA to MSY to PIT
    Seattle/Tacoma International to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Pittsburgh International
  28. BFI to YVR to PIT
    Boeing Field/King County International to Vancouver International to Pittsburgh International
  29. BFI to YYZ to PIT
    Boeing Field/King County International to Lester B. Pearson International to Pittsburgh International
  30. BFI to YYC to PIT
    Boeing Field/King County International to Calgary International to Pittsburgh International
  31. LKE to YVR to PIT
    Lake Union Terminal to Vancouver International to Pittsburgh International
  32. BFI to PEK to PIT
    Boeing Field/King County International to Capital International to Pittsburgh International
  33. BFI to SJO to PIT
    Boeing Field/King County International to Juan Santamaria International to Pittsburgh International


Airlines that fly to Pittsburgh

We picked Alaska Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and Southwest Airlines Co. 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 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 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 Pittsburgh road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Seattle to Pittsburgh?

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 2,138 miles
flight time of 4 hours, 47 minutes
Pittsburgh is 3 hours ahead of Seattle
256 Seattle travel answers
39 Pittsburgh travel answers










   
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