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Vancouver - Tacoma Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There is one daily bus from Vancouver to Tacoma. Traveling by bus from Vancouver to Tacoma usually takes around 5 hours and 30 minutes, but some buses might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled depending on traffic conditions.

Distance144 mi (231 km)
Shortest duration5h 30m
Cheapest price$33.79
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceBoltBus
Bus lines1

What bus companies travel from Vancouver to Tacoma?

On Wanderu there is one intercity bus company that operates from Vancouver to Tacoma. BoltBus is the only company to provides bus transportation available to search and book at the moment. It only makes the trip once a day on most days.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
BoltBus15h 30m$38.18
  • BoltBus


    Book BoltBus from Vancouver to Tacoma from $34. There are 1 BoltBus schedules from Vancouver to Tacoma and you can expect on average to pay for a BoltBus ticket to Tacoma. In Vancouver, BoltBus departs to Tacoma from Pacific Central Station - 1150 Station St and no other station. In Tacoma, BoltBus arrives at Bus Terminal and no other station.

    An average trip on BoltBus from Vancouver to Tacoma takes 5 hours and 30 minutes .

    On weekends, BoltBus offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Tacoma.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Vancouver to Tacoma 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 5 hours and 30 minutes to cover the 231 kilometers from Vancouver to Tacoma. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. 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?

Because many passengers travel from Vancouver to Tacoma at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Tacoma, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Vancouver?

There is usually only one bus per day from Vancouver to Tacoma. It leaves the station in Vancouver at 2:00pm each day. The time might vary for specific dates, so be sure to search on Wanderu for the most up-to-date information.

How many buses are there each day?

There is usually only one bus per day from Vancouver to Tacoma. Fortunately, this happens to be a direct bus, meaning that you do not have to get on a different bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Vancouver to Tacoma; ticket prices start at $74.08.

City Information


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.


Tacoma has seen some hard times in recent years, but the city is receiving many new revival attempts, turning it into a charming town with its own unique attractions. For those interested in the history of the city, as well as the creativity of its residents, head towards the Museum District, which houses numerous interesting museums such as the Tacoma Art Museum and the Washington State History Museum. While in the area, don’t miss out on the chance to marvel at the architectural ingenuity of the Bridge of Glass. If you wish to enjoy a bit of outdoor air, diving into the cold water of American Lake in Lakewood in the morning is bound to make you happy.

Seafood has always been among Tacoma’s finest offerings, and the best place to enjoy these dishes is Duke’s Chowder House, which features a bay view. For a more exquisite taste, head over to Indochine, a pan-Asian restaurant featuring mouth watering dishes.

The main bus station and the Amtrak train station in Tacoma are both located on Puyallup Ave near downtown, just a few blocks from each other. Tacoma is served by Amtrak’s Cascades and Coast Starlight lines. The city’s main airport is Seattle–Tacoma International and it sits 22 miles north of the city.

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.

All bus stations in Vancouver:

  • Pacific Central Station - 1150 Station St

Where does the bus arrive in Tacoma?

Bus Terminal - 510 Puyallup Ave  - TACGLI-0

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Bus Terminal - 510 Puyallup Ave  - TACGLI-1

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Arrival stations

Located not far from the city’s Amtrak Station, the Bus Terminal at 510 Puyallup Ave in Tacoma provides intercity bus services from Greyhound and Amtrak Thruway. The bus station is a part of the larger Tacoma Dome Station complex and offers plenty of parking spaces in the connected Park and Ride. An information desk and restrooms are available inside the bus terminal, and the terminal connects to Freighthouse Square, an indoor shopping mall inside a 1909 railroad building. The bus terminal downtown is a short walk to the Tacoma Dome, several restaurants and bars, and LeMay - America’s Car Museum.

Bus stations in Tacoma:

  • Bus Terminal

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