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All the Places You Can Visit from Portland for Less Than $20

Cheap bus and train travel from Portland.

Exploring the Pacific Northwest can be quite an awe-inspiring adventure, and if you are in the Portland area, it makes it so easy to visit all the must-see places. We discovered 13 exciting destinations in Oregon and Washington you can travel to from Portland for really cheap.

For less than $20, you can score some of the best travel deals to gorgeous spots like Astoria, Salem, and Seattle. With its breathtaking waterfronts and memorable architecture, Seattle is an especially cool spot to visit and we’ve got you covered with a list of fun things you should check out while you’re there. And you can get there for as low as $1, which is just perfect!

If you’re seeking out the cheapest bus tickets, remember to always plan ahead and book early so you can score serious discounts. And if you want even more travel options out of Portland, our Explore search tool will help you find the latest deals based on your budget.


Route $1 Deals? Cheapest Avg. Price
Portland to Bingen $11.00
Portland to Kelso $13.00
Portland to Seattle $18.54
Portland to Wishram $18.00

What is Cheapest Average Price?

The cheapest average price is the average amount of all of the cheapest bus or train prices available on Wanderu for a certain route over a 30-day period.

Bus and train carriers utilize what is known as dynamic pricing to determine ticket prices. That means that when a specific trip goes on sale (usually within four to six weeks prior to the trip date), tickets for that particular bus or train start at a certain low price and then get more expensive the more tickets are sold for that trip.

The cheapest average price may vary according to availability and carrier changes.

How to score the $1 deals

For certain routes, some bus carriers offer a starting ticket price of $1. That’s usually the price for the first couple of bookings for a bus that was just released for sale. Therefore, the earlier you book your trip, the higher chance you have of scoring a $1 deal.

However, if a bus sells out and the carrier decides to add another bus for the same date and time to meet the high demand, then the pricing cycle is reset, giving you the chance to score a $1 ticket at the last minute.

At Wanderu, we always bring you the best available deals out there and we’ve got even more tips to help you score really cheap bus tickets.

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Jill Schwartz

Jill Schwartz

Jillian has lived in Massachusetts her whole life, but that doesn’t stop her from traveling to other parts of the world. While her most exciting memories have been in France and Belize, her favorite place to go is anywhere with a beach!

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