How to Get from Seattle to Hawaii by Plane or Cruise

How to get from Seattle to Hawaii

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Seattle is a whopping 2,665 miles from Hawaii Island, and 2,704 miles to the more distant island of Kauai. Getting between Seattle and Hawaii is an over-water journey so you won’t find options to take a car, bus or train, but you will find plenty of flights and cruises. Bonus, you have the option of arriving at whichever of the Hawaiian islands suits your needs the best, from the Big Island of Hawaii with its volcanoes and coffee farms, to Oahu where Honolulu is, to the dramatic greenery of Kauai, and beyond.

The fastest option is, of course, flying. In fact, cruising to and from Hawaii takes about two weeks so is strictly for those who want to take a leisurely route.

The prices to fly and cruise to Hawaii vary widely by season. For the lowest prices, travel during the offseason and you may even score prices lower than those listed below!

  • Flight to Kona on Hawaii Island: 6 hours, 6 minutes; from $375
  • Flight to Kahului on Maui: 6 hours, 5 minutes; $390
  • Flight to Honolulu on Oahu: 6 hours, 5 minutes; from $357
  • Flight to Kauai: 6 hours, 10 minutes; from $375
  • Cruise to Hawaii: Starting at 14-16 days on average, often with stops on more than one island; from $1,150,

What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Seattle to Hawaii?

The easiest and most popular way to get to all parts of Hawaii is by plane, simply because you don’t have to budget two weeks of time to do it. With an approximately six-hour flight, you can be in paradise. Leaving from Seattle, you’ll be flying out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is just 10 minutes south of the city. Several airlines offer nonstop flights between Seattle and Honolulu, Kahului, Kauai, and Kona including Alaska Airlines, Delta, Hawaiian, and American Airlines. All the airlines also offer connecting flights. The cost can vary greatly depending on the time of year and which island you are going to but most one-way tickets start in the $300 range.

How Long Is the Cruise?

Cruising to Hawaii is a unique journey perfect if you don’t mind a slow pace across a vast ocean. You’ll leave Seattle and travel through the Puget Sound for the first few hours of your journey, before exiting into the great, wide Pacific Ocean, where you’ll remain for the next 5 to 6 days. Often cruises stop at several ports of call throughout the islands, including Honolulu, Lahaina on Maui, and others. Princess and Holland America offer cruises between Seattle and the Hawaiian islands. Costs vary widely depending on which kind of stateroom you get, whether you have a window or not, and which deck you’re on, but start around $1,125 for an interior room and go up to more than $3,500 for suites.

How Can I Travel Between Islands?

Although each of the islands has more than enough to keep a traveler busy for as long as they’d like to stay, if you want to explore more than one island, you can indeed hop between them. Hawaiian Airlines, Island Air, and Molukele Airlines all offer flights between Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Island. You’ll also find flights to the smaller islands of Molokai and Lanai, and there is some ferry service between Maui, Molokai, and Lanai as well.

When Is the Best Time to Travel to Hawaii?

Visitors can go to Hawaii any time of year, but the most popular for tourists is from the middle of December until March or April when the weather hovers in the high 70s Fahrenheit, but also expect to see higher transportation and hotel costs during this time. Many people travel during this time because the weather in their home countries is cold and Hawaii is a lovely escape.

If you prefer fewer people, as well as lower flight, cruise, and hotel costs, look to visit during the offseason, which is from mid-April to mid-June and then again from September until mid-December. Bonus, there’s actually less rain in Hawaii during these times too.

What Time Is it in Hawaii?

Hawaii is on Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time which is two hours behind Pacific Standard Time and three hours behind Pacific Daylight Time as the state does not observe Daylight Saving Time. This means that noon in Seattle is either 9 a.m. in Hawaii or 10 a.m. in Hawaii, depending on the time of year.

What Is There to Do in Hawaii?

Hawaii is a state filled with all kinds of things to see and do, and each island comes with its own unique set of attractions. 

Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island is home to a little bit of everything. You can visit the historic town of Kailua-Kona or downtown Hilo if you want to enjoy some city appeal, but the Big Island also has lots of interesting natural spots to explore, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where you can see Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.


Maui offers a lovely mix of development and nature, and features some pretty amazing natural things to do. The island is known for its beaches, including Makena Beach State Park, also called Big Beach. Drive the Hana Highway for some spectacular scenery, or visit Lahaina to catch a whale watching tour (especially during winter) or dine out.


Oahu is known as the home of the famous North Shore where surfers from around the world conquer huge waves as well as Waikiki where you can enjoy city life or visit the Pearl Harbor monument.


Kauai is known as the Garden Isle as it’s filled with greenery. Visit iconic Poipu Beach, delve into Waimea Canyon, visit beautiful Wailua Falls, or take it all in with a helicopter tour.

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