The flight time from Seattle to Detroit is 4 hours, 7 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SEA Seattle, WA 1 minute early.
19 minutes taxiing out
3 hours, 38 minutes in the air
8 minutes taxiing in
Arrives DTW Detroit, MI 7 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Seattle to Detroit is 4 hours, 7 minutes. The time spent in the air is 3 hours, 38 minutes.

The flight distance from Seattle to Detroit is 1927 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Detroit to Seattle
4 hours, 51 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

4h 6m
4h 9m
4h 14m
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



1927 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Seattle from Detroit by plane?

The distance from Seattle to Detroit by plane is 1927 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Seattle to Detroit?

The flight time from Seattle to Detroit is 4 hours, 7 minutes. The time spent in the air is 3 hours, 38 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Delta being the fastest taking 4 hours, 6 minutes, and Spirit the slowest taking 4 hours, 14 minutes.

What airlines fly from Seattle to Detroit?

Delta, Spirit, and Alaska are the airlines with direct flights from Seattle to Detroit.

Does Southwest fly from Seattle to Detroit?

Southwest does not fly from Seattle (SEA) to Detroit (DTW). 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 Seattle 1 minute early
Taxi Out Time 19 minutes
In the Air 218 minutes
Taxiing In 8 minutes
Arrives Detroit 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 Seattle to Detroit, Alaska is 91% reliable, which means that Alaska flights are on time 91% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Alaska 91% 9% 0%
Delta 91% 9% 0%
Spirit 72% 27% 1%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Seattle and Detroit, 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
Delta 19 217 8 246
Alaska 18 222 7 249
Spirit 24 221 9 254

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
10am 0.34
6am 1.62
11am 0.55
10pm 0.7
0am 0.24
9am 0.92
11pm 0.24
9pm 0.22
12pm 0.03
1pm 0.31
2pm 0.53
7am 0.63

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Seattle to Detroit 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 149
February 134
March 150
April 146
May 206
June 254
July 288
August 290
September 199
October 173
November 161
December 164

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Seattle to Detroit 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 6.6
Tuesday 6.58
Wednesday 6.58
Thursday 6.54
Friday 6.54
Saturday 5.38
Sunday 6.29

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
Delta 1
Alaska 0
Spirit 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
10am 24 221 9 254
6am 17 219 8 246
11am 24 218 8 252
10pm 17 216 8 242
0am 13 217 8 239
9am 20 218 7 246
11pm 14 214 9 239
9pm 21 220 7 249
12pm 22 217 7 248
1pm 18 220 9 249
2pm 19 215 8 245
7am 21 219 8 249
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.