The flight time from Sacramento to Seattle is 1 hour, 52 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SMF Sacramento, CA 4 minutes early.
12 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 31 minutes in the air
7 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SEA Seattle, WA 11 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Sacramento to Seattle is 1 hour, 52 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 31 minutes.

The flight distance from Sacramento to Seattle is 605 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Seattle to Sacramento
1 hour, 43 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

1h 46m
1h 53m
1h 56m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



605 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Sacramento from Seattle by plane?

The distance from Sacramento to Seattle by plane is 605 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Sacramento to Seattle?

The flight time from Sacramento to Seattle is 1 hour, 52 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 31 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Southwest being the fastest taking 1 hour, 46 minutes, and Alaska the slowest taking 1 hour, 56 minutes.

What airlines fly from Sacramento to Seattle?

Delta, Alaska, and Southwest are the airlines with direct flights from Sacramento to Seattle.

Does Southwest fly from Sacramento to Seattle?

Yes! Southwest does fly from Sacramento (SMF) to Seattle (SEA). On average, they have 20 flights per week on this route. This may vary seasonally, please check the chart above for more details.

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 Sacramento 4 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 12 minutes
In the Air 91 minutes
Taxiing In 7 minutes
Arrives Seattle 11 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 Sacramento to Seattle, Southwest is 85% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 85% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 92% 7% 1%
Southwest 85% 9% 6%
Alaska 85% 12% 3%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Sacramento 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
In the Air
Taxiing In
Southwest 9 89 7 106
Delta 12 92 7 113
Alaska 13 93 8 116

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
5am 0.02
10pm 0.02
10am 0.86
9am 0.42
6pm 1.02
8pm 0.33
2pm 0.54
1pm 0.23
3pm 0.33
9pm 0.04
7pm 0.32
11am 0.25
12pm 1.45
7am 0.54
4pm 0.59
8am 0.67
6am 1.54
5pm 0.81

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Sacramento 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 389
February 350
March 377
April 204
May 196
June 228
July 231
August 303
September 305
October 312
November 432
December 447

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Sacramento 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 11.1
Tuesday 10.42
Wednesday 10.73
Thursday 10.81
Friday 11.31
Saturday 8.73
Sunday 9.48

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 1
Delta 0
Southwest 0

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
In the Air
Taxi In
5am 11 84 9 107
10pm 10 91 5 105
10am 12 89 7 110
9am 13 94 7 115
6pm 13 94 7 118
8pm 14 94 9 122
2pm 13 92 8 117
1pm 10 88 7 107
3pm 9 92 7 109
9pm 9 89 4 102
7pm 10 89 6 107
11am 11 90 7 110
12pm 11 92 7 111
7am 12 90 7 111
4pm 11 89 6 107
8am 12 93 7 114
6am 14 93 9 119
5pm 11 89 6 107
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.