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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Vancouver to Seattle. Traveling by bus from Vancouver to Seattle usually takes around 3 hours and 45 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Thruway bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance121 mi (195 km)
Shortest duration3h 30m
Cheapest price$55.76
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Thruway
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Vancouver, BC to Seattle, WA

(Based on 89 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Roberta

February 23, 2020- Vacation

BoltBus

Pros: Driver was nice and funny + we got there on time. Cons: It could have more info about the customs process at the border and where we would meet the driver. Also, the seats were not very comfortable. Tips: There is on board internet but it’s just 100mb. It works f...

Pros: Driver was nice and funny + we got there on time. Cons: It could have more info about the customs process at the border and where we would meet the driver. Also, the seats were not very comfortable. Tips: There is on board internet but it’s just 100mb. It works fine.

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4.0

Ali

February 14, 2020- Visiting family

Quick Shuttle

Pros: The WIFI was very weak this has to improve. Cons: The bus is little old so the seats are not comfortable this could be improved either by renovating the seats or having better buses.

Pros: The WIFI was very weak this has to improve. Cons: The bus is little old so the seats are not comfortable this could be improved either by renovating the seats or having better buses.

5.0

Leanne

January 26, 2020- Couples trip

BoltBus

Clean bus and on time.

Clean bus and on time.

5.0

Stephen

January 21, 2020- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: Vacation. Cons: Wifi. Tips: Wifi sucks.

Pros: Vacation. Cons: Wifi. Tips: Wifi sucks.

5.0

Erika

January 17, 2020- Vacation

BoltBus

Pros: Very smooth and driver did her best to stay on time. She had an unexpected passenger in Everett, WA in a wheelchair and she handled it well. Cons: Nothing. Tips: When you get to customs you have to get off the bus and take all your belongings.

Pros: Very smooth and driver did her best to stay on time. She had an unexpected passenger in Everett, WA in a wheelchair and she handled it well. Cons: Nothing. Tips: When you get to customs you have to get off the bus and take all your belongings.

Vancouver to Seattle Route Map

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Price trends for buses from Vancouver to Seattle

Monthly average prices

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What bus companies travel from Vancouver to Seattle?

There is one intercity bus company that operates from Vancouver to Seattle. Amtrak Thruway is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway43h 45m$55.76
  • Amtrak Thruway

    Amtrak Thruway

    Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities. Amtrak Thruway bus tickets from Vancouver to Seattle start at $56. On average, there are 4 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need your passport on the bus from Vancouver, BC to Seattle?

Yes, you will need to carry a passport or proof of citizenship on your person when traveling from Vancouver, Canada, to Seattle. Forms of valid ID include an Enhanced Driver’s Licence or Enhanced Identity Card, as well as a Trusted Traveler Program Card (such as FAST cards). You will be asked to present your identification to the bus driver along with your ticket before boarding. Travelers cannot commute between Canada and the US without a valid type of ID.

When your bus arrives at the US border, all passengers will be asked to get off and submit their belongings to a mandatory security screening. All unclaimed belongings will be removed by officials at that time.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Vancouver to Seattle during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 45 minutes to cover the 195 kilometers from Vancouver to Seattle. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 30 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Saturday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Saturday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Vancouver?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 4:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Vancouver to Seattle, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Vancouver to Seattle every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from British Columbia to Washington without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Vancouver to Seattle; ticket prices start at $42.13.

City Information

Vancouver

Vancouver is a trendy diverse city in British Columbia, known for its eclectic shopping, fresh seafood, and unique scenic setting between snow-capped mountains and urban beaches. Vancouver is sometimes called "Hollywood North" due to the amount of movies and TV shows filmed in the area. If you're lucky, you may even stumble upon a movie set as you're walking around town!

If you're looking for the best restaurants, shops and nightlife, cobblestoned Gastown is the perfect neighborhood to explore. Biking around the gorgeous Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver is rivaled only by hiking and skiing on nearby Grouse Mountain, which offers stunning views of the city on clear days.

Vancouver International Airport is conveniently close to downtown, and also one of the biggest gateways for international travel on the West Coast of North America. From Vancouver, it's easy to travel into the U.S. to Seattle by bus or train, or to other B.C. destinations like Kamloops and Kelowna to experience more of the province's natural beauty.

Seattle

Seattle is a must-see destination on the West Coast of the United States, offering many unique activities for any type of traveler. However, we're confident every visitor will enjoy the view of Mount Rainier from the top of Seattle's iconic Space Needle. Outdoor enthusiasts can bike, hike, boat, and ski in one of the top cities for outdoor activities in the U.S., while soaking in the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty (and yes, some rain as well). Urban explorers will love walking through Pike Place Market and experiencing Seattle's museums and public art, like the scenic Olympic Sculpture Park.

Known for its coffee culture and as the birthplace of Starbucks, Seattle is also one of the top 5 craft beer cities in the U.S., which is ideal for those who prefer to experience the taste of a city served up in a latte mug or a pint glass.

Seattle is home to the largest airport in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle-Tacoma Airport, but there are plenty of other ways to continue your travels from the Emerald City. A short ferry ride to Bainbridge Island includes the chance to see orca whales in the Puget Sound, or you can catch the Amtrak Cascades train or one of several affordable bus options from the historic King Street Station to other exciting Northwest cities in British Columbia, Oregon and beyond.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Vancouver?

Vancouver, BC - Pacific Central Station - CAVACAMT-0

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Departure stations

The historic Pacific Central Station is Vancouver’s primary train station for Amtrak and VIA Rail service, as well as a bus station for numerous carriers. The impressive Beaux-Arts style station opened in 1919, and is within walking distance of Science World, Strathcona Park, and the lively Gastown neighborhood. Plus, walking just across the street from Pacific Central Station gives you access to Vancouver's SkyTrain public transit system at the Main Street–Science World station. With free WiFi, restrooms, and several restaurants and shops on the premises, Pacific Central Station is a convenient place to start or end your trip.

Where does the bus arrive in Seattle?

Seattle, WA - King Street Station - SEAAMT-0

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Arrival stations

King Street Station is the main station for Amtrak train service and Greyhound bus service in Seattle, with connections to local public transit like the Link Light Rail and King County Metro at the International District/Chinatown station one block away. Located near downtown Seattle in the trendy Pioneer Square neighborhood, King Street Station opened in 1906 and continues to impress travelers with its restored Italian architecture and Venetian-style clocktower. King Street Station has on-site Amtrak staff, restrooms, and vending machines, and while there are no restaurants in the station, several nearby coffee shops and eateries make it easy to fuel up before your trip.

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