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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 13 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.

Seattle - Vancouver Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

26 buses operate daily from Seattle to Vancouver. The bus trip from Seattle to Vancouver is usually about 4 hours and 13 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Thruway bus can get you there in as little as 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance121 mi (195 km)
Shortest duration3h 15m
Cheapest price$21.32
Trips per day25
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Thruway
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Seattle to Vancouver

(Based on 127 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Shushruth

October 5, 2023- Visiting friends

FlixBus US

Pros: It was one off the best bus trips taken by my family to visit their friends on the other side of the border.I would recommend it for sure. Cons: The only thing was the wifi setup was not working need more information to be explained how to use it. Tips: Try it for sure.

5.0

Jun

August 4, 2023- Solo travel

Quick Shuttle (Econo+)

Pros: Wifi needs to improve. Cons: Wifi.

5.0

Youshan

July 21, 2023- Vacation

Quick Shuttle (Econo+)

Maybe Less stops and improved Wi-Fi signal.

5.0

Dong

June 30, 2023- Vacation

Quick Shuttle (Econo+)

Pros: Very good! Cons: No. Tips: No.

5.0

Kevin Didier

April 14, 2023- Solo travel

Quick Shuttle (Econo+)

Pros: Smooth trip. Cons: The friendliness of the staff, and the visibility of the bus pick up zone (indicating the company’s name on a panel or making it more evident online, was not so simple to figure it out as a traveler).

Seattle to Vancouver Route Map

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How much is a bus ticket from Seattle to Vancouver?

In the last month, $56.47 was the average price of a train ticket from Seattle to Vancouver. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 25 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $3.17 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$61$41$20DecDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way bus trip from Seattle to Vancouver will vary between C$49 and C$61. Planning a bus trip to Vancouver within the upcoming week? The cheapest bus ticket you can find from Seattle over the next 7 days is C$49. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as bus fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during November. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Seattle to Vancouver, with the average price at just $56. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in July, when the average price goes up to $64. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

$68$54$41$27$143020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your bus trip online on Wanderu at least 25 days ahead of time. If you do that, your bus ticket to Vancouver from Seattle will be about C$3.17 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Seattle to Vancouver?

There are 5 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 Thruway55h 56m$77.62
FlixBus US73h 50m$65.06
Greyhound24h 11m$54.28
Quick Shuttle (Econo+)74h 52m$50.24
Quick Shuttle (Flex+)74h 52m$72.38
  • 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 $68. On average, there are 5 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 7 trips per day from Seattle to Vancouver, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 11 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Vancouver usually start from $41.

  • Book Quick Shuttle (Econo+) from Seattle to Vancouver from $21. There are 7 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 52 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 9 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Vancouver.

  • Book Quick Shuttle (Flex+) from Seattle to Vancouver from $32. There are 7 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 52 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 9 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Vancouver.

Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 13 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.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by buses from Seattle to Vancouver on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Wednesday. Wednesday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The first bus leaves at 6:00am 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.

There are 26 scheduled buses that travel from Seattle to Vancouver every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 25 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 $38.09.

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?

Main departure station: Downtown Seattle

Buses to Vancouver leave from 9 stations in Seattle.

All bus stations in Seattle:

  • Downtown Seattle

  • Pier 66

  • 622 S Lane St & 6th Ave S

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • U of Washington (Condon Hall)

  • Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way

  • 3201 Smith Ave

  • 401 Harris Ave

  • Skagit Transp Ctr - 105 E Kincaid St

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

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