The flight time from Seattle to Los Angeles is 2 hours, 38 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves SEA Seattle, WA 2 minutes early.
18 minutes taxiing out
2 hours, 8 minutes in the air
10 minutes taxiing in
Arrives LAX Los Angeles, CA 7 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Delta
92%
United
91%
JetBlue
89%
Alaska
85%
American
85%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Seattle to Los Angeles is 2 hours, 38 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 8 minutes.

The flight distance from Seattle to Los Angeles is 954 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Los Angeles to Seattle
2 hours, 43 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Delta
2h 33m
JetBlue
2h 36m
Alaska
2h 39m
United
2h 42m
American
2h 44m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m2h2h 30m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.51.01.52.0

Flights Per Week

137

Distance

954 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun05101520

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Alaska
70
Delta
42
American
14
United
9
JetBlue
0

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Seattle from Los Angeles by plane?

The distance from Seattle to Los Angeles by plane is 954 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 Los Angeles?

The flight time from Seattle to Los Angeles is 2 hours, 38 minutes. The time spent in the air is 2 hours, 8 minutes. These numbers are averages. In reality, it varies by airline with Delta being the fastest taking 2 hours, 33 minutes, and American the slowest taking 2 hours, 44 minutes.

What airlines fly from Seattle to Los Angeles?

American, Alaska, United, JetBlue, and Delta are the airlines with direct flights from Seattle to Los Angeles.

Does Southwest fly from Seattle to Los Angeles?

Southwest does not fly from Seattle (SEA) to Los Angeles (LAX). 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 2 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 18 minutes
In the Air 128 minutes
Taxiing In 10 minutes
Arrives Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles, Delta is 92% reliable, which means that Delta flights are on time 92% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 92% 7% 1%
United 91% 7% 2%
JetBlue 89% 7% 4%
American 85% 14% 1%
Alaska 85% 13% 2%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Seattle and Los Angeles, 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 16 127 8 153
JetBlue 16 127 11 156
Alaska 19 128 10 159
United 17 132 11 162
American 19 131 11 164

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
11am 1.07
8am 1.28
10am 0.77
9am 1.26
6pm 0.82
5pm 1.53
2pm 1.8
6am 1.64
12pm 0.91
10pm 0.01
7am 1.86
9pm 0.71
3pm 1.26
8pm 0.5
4pm 0.69
1pm 1.55
7pm 1.64

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Seattle to Los Angeles 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 542
February 463
March 559
April 489
May 590
June 687
July 690
August 698
September 671
October 655
November 600
December 526

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Seattle to Los Angeles 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 21.08
Tuesday 19.25
Wednesday 19.35
Thursday 20.42
Friday 20.65
Saturday 17.71
Sunday 19.42

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 1
American 0
United 0
JetBlue 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
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxi In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
11am 20 127 9 157
8am 20 129 11 161
10am 21 128 9 160
9am 18 128 8 155
6pm 18 129 10 158
5pm 16 127 9 154
2pm 17 130 10 158
6am 17 130 13 164
12pm 21 127 8 157
10pm 25 126 9 160
7am 17 127 11 158
9pm 18 127 8 155
3pm 16 128 9 155
8pm 17 129 9 156
4pm 21 129 10 163
1pm 16 129 9 154
7pm 17 128 10 159
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.