The flight time from Seattle to Los Angeles is 2 hours, 41 minutes. See Data as Tables
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Average Timeline

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

Flight Reliability By Airline ?


Flight Summary

The flight time from Seattle to Los Angeles is 2 hours, 41 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, 48 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

2h 34m
2h 43m
2h 44m
2h 45m
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 ?


Flights Per Week



954 Miles

Flights By Month ?


Flights By Day of Week ?


Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)


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, 41 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, 34 minutes, and American the slowest taking 2 hours, 45 minutes.

What airlines fly from Seattle to Los Angeles?

American, Alaska, United, 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 19 minutes
In the Air 128 minutes
Taxiing In 11 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, Alaska is 85% reliable, which means that Alaska flights are on time 85% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
United 91% 8% 1%
Delta 90% 10% 0%
American 87% 12% 1%
Alaska 85% 14% 1%

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
In the Air
Taxiing In
Delta 17 126 8 154
Alaska 20 128 12 163
United 20 131 11 164
American 19 129 14 165

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 1.68
8am 1.25
10am 1.94
9am 1.49
6pm 1.28
5pm 2.85
2pm 0.75
6am 2.96
12pm 1.23
10pm 0
7am 1.93
9pm 0.99
3pm 1.93
8pm 1.64
4pm 1.18
1pm 2.18
5am 0.84
7pm 2.54

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 852
February 806
March 888
April 867
May 891
June 913
July 939
August 932
September 853
October 867
November 865
December 868

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 30.02
Tuesday 29.02
Wednesday 29.38
Thursday 30.48
Friday 30
Saturday 25.9
Sunday 27.9

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
American 1
United 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
11am 20 127 9 157
8am 24 127 15 170
10am 26 128 11 166
9am 18 126 11 159
6pm 16 130 11 159
5pm 18 127 13 161
2pm 18 127 10 158
6am 18 128 15 165
12pm 25 129 10 166
10pm 20 126 6 152
7am 21 128 12 163
9pm 21 126 9 158
3pm 18 128 10 157
8pm 16 126 11 156
4pm 18 131 12 163
1pm 18 128 10 158
5am 14 128 12 156
7pm 17 128 12 158
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.