The flight time from San Diego to Seattle is 2 hours, 52 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SAN San Diego, CA 5 minutes early.
15 minutes taxiing out
2 hours, 26 minutes in the air
8 minutes taxiing in
Arrives SEA Seattle, WA 12 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from San Diego to Seattle is 2 hours, 52 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 26 minutes.

The flight distance from San Diego to Seattle is 1050 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Seattle to San Diego
2 hours, 36 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

2h 49m
2h 50m
2h 52m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?


Flights Per Week



1050 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is San Diego from Seattle by plane?

The distance from San Diego to Seattle by plane is 1050 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from San Diego to Seattle?

The flight time from San Diego to Seattle is 2 hours, 52 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 26 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Southwest being the fastest taking 2 hours, 49 minutes, and Alaska the slowest taking 2 hours, 52 minutes.

What airlines fly from San Diego to Seattle?

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

Does Southwest fly from San Diego to Seattle?

Yes! Southwest does fly from San Diego (SAN) to Seattle (SEA). On average, they have 3 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 San Diego 5 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 15 minutes
In the Air 146 minutes
Taxiing In 8 minutes
Arrives Seattle 12 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 San Diego to Seattle, Southwest is 84% reliable, which means that Southwest flights are on time 84% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 90% 7% 3%
Alaska 88% 8% 4%
Southwest 84% 8% 8%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between San Diego 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 11 149 7 169
Delta 14 147 8 170
Alaska 16 146 8 172

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
8am 0.13
7pm 0.56
8pm 0.33
6am 0.51
5pm 0.68
7am 1.9
12pm 0.3
9am 0.57
6pm 0.72
4pm 0.17
9pm 0.03
3pm 1.12
1pm 0.93
2pm 0.3
11am 1.24
10am 0.16

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from San Diego 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 395
February 375
March 408
April 218
May 185
June 213
July 217
August 310
September 258
October 279
November 409
December 417

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from San Diego 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 10.4
Tuesday 9.92
Wednesday 9.75
Thursday 10.17
Friday 10.38
Saturday 9.83
Sunday 10.38

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
8am 15 148 8 169
7pm 14 141 7 164
8pm 16 147 8 174
6am 25 147 8 182
5pm 13 144 7 165
7am 15 147 8 172
12pm 17 140 6 166
9am 17 147 9 175
6pm 17 150 9 179
4pm 13 143 7 163
9pm 13 144 5 164
3pm 14 146 8 169
1pm 15 148 8 173
2pm 13 145 7 170
11am 15 148 8 172
10am 12 153 7 172
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.