The flight time from Portland to Seattle is 53 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves PDX Portland, OR 4 minutes early.
12 minutes taxiing out
33 minutes in the air
7 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SEA Seattle, WA 7 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Delta
89%
Alaska
87%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Portland to Seattle is 53 minutes. The time spent in the air is 33 minutes.

The flight distance from Portland to Seattle is 129 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Seattle to Portland
48 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Delta
53m
Alaska
53m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 15m 30m 45m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.51.01.52.0

Flights Per Week

152

Distance

129 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun05101520

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Alaska
114
Delta
38

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Portland from Seattle by plane?

The distance from Portland to Seattle by plane is 129 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Portland to Seattle?

The flight time from Portland to Seattle is 53 minutes. The time spent in the air is 33 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with JetBlue being the fastest taking 46 minutes, and Alaska the slowest taking 53 minutes.

What airlines fly from Portland to Seattle?

JetBlue, Delta, and Alaska are the airlines with direct flights from Portland to Seattle.

Does Southwest fly from Portland to Seattle?

Southwest does not fly from Portland (PDX) to Seattle (SEA). Keep in mind that Southwest may fly to other nearby airports, as they will often fly into smaller airpors instead of larger ones. This is because the costs are often lower to fly into smaller airports, and they pass the savings on to you.

Tables and Explanations

Data Source

Our information is computed from the latest available data from the US Department of Transportation.

Average Timeline Timeline Chart

The average timeline contains the median time a flight spends in 3 stages. The first of these three stages is taxiing out which includes the time from the flight leaving the gate to taking off. The second stage is in the air, which includes the time spent from the flight leaving the ground to touching back down at the end of it's journey. The last stage is taxiing in, which is from when the flight touches down to the flight arriving at it's gate.

The average timeline also estimates on average of when the flight will leave and arrive relative to it's stated departure time.

Leaves Portland 4 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 12 minutes
In the Air 33 minutes
Taxiing In 7 minutes
Arrives Seattle 7 minutes early

Flight Reliability Reliability Chart

The reliability of an airline measures how often the airline's flights on this route are cancelled or delayed more than 20 minutes. For example, from Portland to Seattle, Alaska is 87% reliable, which means that Alaska flights are on time 87% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 89% 8% 3%
Alaska 87% 9% 4%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Portland and Seattle, this is due to different operational factors on the ground, as well as scheduling of planes. Each airline's flight time is split into three stages which are described above in the "Average Timeline" section. There are also miscellaneous operational issues which are included in the below total but are not accounted for in one of the three stages.

Airline Taxiing Out
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxiing In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
Delta 12 32 7 53
Alaska 12 33 7 53

Flights By Time of Day Flight Time By Day Chart

This one is pretty self explanatory, it represents the number of flights that leave the gate in a given hour of the day. The tricky thing here is that this is normally not a whole number since it is an average over 52 weeks. Partial numbers may indicate that a flight may be seasonal or may take off at different times due to different operational factors.

Time Count
8pm 0.64
11pm 0.2
3pm 1.3
6pm 0.89
2pm 0.86
11am 1.66
5pm 1.7
4pm 0.96
7am 1.77
9am 1.64
8am 1.06
1pm 1.56
6am 1.81
10am 1.01
7pm 0.88
9pm 0.86
5am 1.21
12pm 0.87

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Portland to Seattle that take off in a given month of the year. This number changes because some flights are seasonal, and almost all flights have uneven demand througout the year.

Month Count
January 877
February 815
March 795
April 360
May 317
June 515
July 609
August 641
September 679
October 701
November 784
December 858

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Portland to Seattle that take off on a given day of the week. Some routes only have enough demand to sustain a few trips a week, while others have many flights a day. This number is also an average across the year, and hence may not be a whole number.

Day Count
Monday 22.21
Tuesday 22.21
Wednesday 21.88
Thursday 22.33
Friday 22.63
Saturday 21.13
Sunday 20.5

Flight per Airline (per Week) Flights By Airline Chart

How many times an airline flies this route in a week. Different factors play into how often a carrier chooses to fly a given route including it's need to connect disparate routes, and demand.

Airline Flights per Week
Alaska 2
Delta 1

Flight Time By Time of Day Flight Time by Time of Day Chart

The total flight time varies by each hour of the day due to factors such as airport traffic. More flights leaving an airport may cause higher taxi in or taxi out times. See the description of the average timeline above for a deeper discussion of each of these times.

Time Taxi Out
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxi In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
8pm 12 31 7 54
11pm 12 32 8 53
3pm 12 33 7 53
6pm 11 32 6 51
2pm 10 32 6 50
11am 11 33 7 52
5pm 12 32 7 51
4pm 11 32 9 55
7am 12 33 8 56
9am 12 34 8 57
8am 13 34 7 55
1pm 12 32 7 52
6am 12 31 6 51
10am 11 33 7 53
7pm 15 34 7 58
9pm 12 34 7 54
5am 12 32 7 52
12pm 11 34 7 52
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.