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Helpful info about taking the bus from Seattle to Vancouver

  • You have plenty of travel options to get from Seattle to Vancouver without a car. Several affordable bus companies and shuttles offer routes between Seattle and Vancouver, or you can take a flight, Amtrak train, or ferry. There is no direct ferry between Seattle and Vancouver, but you can take the ferry from Seattle to Victoria, B.C. and from there, take another ferry to Vancouver.

    • Taking the bus from Seattle to Vancouver costs $43 on average. Not only is it cheap, traveling by bus is also one of the most convenient and sustainable ways to get to Vancouver. You can avoid the stress of driving, and reduce the number of individual vehicles on the road. Win-win!

    • Seattle is about 100 miles away from the Canadian border, as the crow flies, and Vancouver is just a little further north than the border. It takes an average of 4 hours and 43 minutes to travel the 121 miles between Seattle and Vancouver by bus.

    • Bus companies including Quick Shuttle, Amtrak Thruway, Greyhound, and FlixBus provide bus rides from Seattle to Vancouver. Amtrak Thruway buses usually get to Vancouver the fastest.

    • Most buses on the route from Seattle to Vancouver leave from King Street Station or the nearby bus terminal in Seattle. Many of the buses arrive at Pacific Central Station in Vancouver, but some Quick Shuttle routes stop at the Waterfront SkyTrain Station in Vancouver, which is attached to the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal.

    • There are no buses to Vancouver that leave from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, commonly referred to as SEATAC (SEA). From the airport, you can take the light rail to the International District/Chinatown station, right next to the stop where most Seattle to Vancouver buses depart. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is technically in the town of Richmond, so look for a bus from Seattle to Richmond to arrive close to the airport.

    • If you are taking the bus to connect to a cruise from Seattle or Vancouver, you can pick from several Quick Shuttle buses that depart or arrive from the cities’ cruise terminals. Some Quick Shuttle buses depart from Pier 66 (Bell Street Cruise Terminal) in Seattle and some buses arrive next to the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal in Vancouver.

    • Transportation from the Seattle-Tacoma Airport to the Vancouver cruise terminal includes two steps: First, take the light rail from Sea-Tac to downtown Seattle, and then take a bus from Seattle to Vancouver’s cruise terminal. Quick Shuttle usually has the most buses that arrive at the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal in Vancouver.

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Journey Information

There are 11 intercity buses per day from Seattle to Vancouver. Traveling by bus from Seattle to Vancouver usually takes around 4 hours and 43 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Thruway bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance121 mi (195 km)
Shortest duration3h 15m
Cheapest price$20.88
Trips per day10
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Thruway
Bus lines4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Seattle to Vancouver

(Based on 116 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Juscilene

January 15, 2023- Vacation

Quick Shuttle (Econo+)

Pros: Tranquilidade. Cons: Microfone. Tips: Não.

Pros: Tranquilidade. Cons: Microfone. Tips: Não.

5.0

bimal

October 11, 2022- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: Trip was convenient. Cons: Bus arrival was late at Seattle by more than an hour which caused inconvenience at middle of the night. Counter was opened 15 minutes later , had to wait outside the door which was also risk to passenger safety. Tips: The bus service w...

Pros: Trip was convenient. Cons: Bus arrival was late at Seattle by more than an hour which caused inconvenience at middle of the night. Counter was opened 15 minutes later , had to wait outside the door which was also risk to passenger safety. Tips: The bus service was satisfactory based on cost and the driver was friendly. Would like to recommend others as well.

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5.0

Harvey

September 23, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Thruway

Easy check in. Easy passage through customs. Arrived on time. Bus driver fun, friendly, competent.

Easy check in. Easy passage through customs. Arrived on time. Bus driver fun, friendly, competent.

4.0

Brittany

August 25, 2022- Vacation

Quick Shuttle (Flex+)

Pros: It was efficient, everything went smoothly and on time, friendly driver. Cons: You need electric plug ins! Both ways on my trip my phone was dead due to lack of a plug. New Iphone doesnt use the old USB plug and needs power plugs.

Pros: It was efficient, everything went smoothly and on time, friendly driver. Cons: You need electric plug ins! Both ways on my trip my phone was dead due to lack of a plug. New Iphone doesnt use the old USB plug and needs power plugs.

5.0

Josefina

August 14, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Thruway

Cons: Initially, I thought I would be travelling with Amtrak; when I prepared by ArriveCan I used the Vancouver Pan Rail Station as my port of entry because it's one of the drop choices to select from menu. Although the ticket shows Thruway, but for me; not always t...

Cons: Initially, I thought I would be travelling with Amtrak; when I prepared by ArriveCan I used the Vancouver Pan Rail Station as my port of entry because it's one of the drop choices to select from menu. Although the ticket shows Thruway, but for me; not always travelling; I was thinking it would be an Amtrak. Tips: Please study how much it would cost to invest on wifi coverage or wifi provision.

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How much is a bus ticket from Seattle to Vancouver?

$55.24 is the average price of a bus ticket from Seattle to Vancouver. Any tickets cheaper than $55.24 can be considered a great deal. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

$80$53$27JanFeb

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Seattle to Vancouver is expected to range from $55 to $61. If you are looking to travel to Vancouver within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $59. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $55 and can be found on February 25, 2023.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in November. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $51 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Seattle to Vancouver in June, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $63 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 16 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save C$8.42 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Seattle to Vancouver?

There are 4 bus lines from Seattle to Vancouver available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 5 daily trips, Amtrak Thruway usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway54h 50m$66.40
Greyhound24h 10m$32.25
Quick Shuttle (Econo+)44h 59m$48.22
Quick Shuttle (Flex+)44h 59m$69.66
  • 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 Seattle to Vancouver start at $60. On average, there are 5 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 2 bus trips from Seattle to Vancouver every day, with the average journey taking around 4 hours and 10 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Vancouver usually start from $24.

  • Quick Shuttle (Econo+)

    Quick Shuttle (Econo+)

    Book Quick Shuttle (Econo+) from Seattle to Vancouver from $21. There are 4 Quick Shuttle (Econo+) schedules from Seattle to Vancouver and you can expect on average to pay for a Quick Shuttle (Econo+) ticket to Vancouver. In Seattle, Quick Shuttle (Econo+) departs to Vancouver from Downtown Seattle and 1 other station. In Vancouver, Quick Shuttle (Econo+) arrives at Waterfront Skytrain Station and 1 other station.

    An average trip on Quick Shuttle (Econo+) from Seattle to Vancouver takes 4 hours and 59 minutes , while the fastest available Quick Shuttle (Econo+) trip will get you to Vancouver in 3 hours and 15 minutes .

    On weekends, Quick Shuttle (Econo+) offers 4 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Vancouver.

  • Quick Shuttle (Flex+)

    Quick Shuttle (Flex+)

    Book Quick Shuttle (Flex+) from Seattle to Vancouver from $31. There are 4 Quick Shuttle (Flex+) schedules from Seattle to Vancouver and you can expect on average to pay for a Quick Shuttle (Flex+) ticket to Vancouver. In Seattle, Quick Shuttle (Flex+) departs to Vancouver from Downtown Seattle and 1 other station. In Vancouver, Quick Shuttle (Flex+) arrives at Waterfront Skytrain Station and 1 other station.

    An average trip on Quick Shuttle (Flex+) from Seattle to Vancouver takes 4 hours and 59 minutes , while the fastest available Quick Shuttle (Flex+) trip will get you to Vancouver in 3 hours and 15 minutes .

    On weekends, Quick Shuttle (Flex+) offers 4 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Vancouver.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Seattle to Vancouver 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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 from Seattle to Vancouver?

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 43 minutes to cover the 195 kilometers from Seattle to Vancouver. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 15 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. 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?

Saturday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking buses from Seattle to Vancouver. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Saturday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the bus and even save some change check out travel options on Wednesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Seattle?

The first bus leaves at 4:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Seattle to Vancouver, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 11 scheduled buses that travel from Seattle to Vancouver every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 10 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Seattle to Vancouver; ticket prices start at $45.31.

City Information

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. These offerings and more make Seattle one of the best vacation destination in Washington.

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.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Seattle?

Seattle, WA - King Street Station - SEAAMT-0

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Main departure station: King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

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.

All bus stations in Seattle:

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • Downtown Seattle

  • Pier 66

  • Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way

  • 401 Harris Ave

  • Skagit Transp Ctr - 105 E Kincaid St

  • 3201 Smith Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Vancouver?

Vancouver, BC - Pacific Central Station - CAVACAMT-0

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Main arrival station: Pacific Central Station

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.

Bus stations in Vancouver:

  • Pacific Central Station

  • Waterfront Skytrain Station

  • Holiday Inn on Howe

  • Pacific Central Station (Curbside)

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