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Journey Information

Seattle to San Francisco bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$113.35
Fastest time23h 25m
Trips per day3
Bus lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is it from Seattle to San Francisco?

The drive from Seattle to San Francisco covers 807 miles through the southern half of Washington, Oregon, and the northern half of California. A bus trip between Seattle and San Francisco takes around 21 hours.

What’s the best way to travel from Seattle to San Francisco?

The best way to travel from Seattle to San Francisco depends on your budget and schedule. If cost is your primary concern, the best way to travel from Seattle to San Francisco is by bus. Bus tickets can easily be found for $86, but a train trip (which takes just as long as the bus) might cost $111, even if booked a month ahead of your trip.

What are the best places to stay in San Francisco?

San Francisco is made up of a number of great neighborhoods, all with their own draws for visitors. Union Square is a great central location and puts you in walking distance of some terrific shopping options, nightlife, museums and Oracle Park. It’s also easy to catch public transportation from Union Square to other San Francisco neighborhoods, like Nob Hill and Chinatown. Union Square also offers hotels at a range of prices, so it’s a popular spot with first-time visitors. Fisherman’s Wharf is another popular district for tourists, especially those with families. The area boasts the Maritime Museum, Madame Tussauds, and more — including tours to nearby Alcatraz Island. Other popular neighborhoods include North Beach, also known as the Little Italy of San Francisco; Nob Hill for a sense of luxury dating back to the Gold Rush–era (although this luxury often comes with a higher hotel cost); The Mission, which often has better weather than the rest of San Francisco and has a strong Latino arts scene and some reasonably priced hotels; and Haight-Ashbury, the birthplace of hippie culture in the 1960s and home to an enduring cool, alternative vibe.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Seattle to San Francisco right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Seattle to San Francisco?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $113.35 was the low point for bus fares from Seattle to San Francisco. Buses from San Francisco to Seattle are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $113.35 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 16 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $63.78 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 26 hours and 2 minutes to cover the 679 miles (1093 kilometers) from Seattle, WA to San Francisco, CA. However, the fastest bus only takes 23 hours and 25 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

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

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to San Francisco at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Seattle?

The first bus leaves at 9:00am and the last bus leaves at 12:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Seattle to San Francisco, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from Seattle to San Francisco every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Seattle to San Francisco; ticket prices start at $119.94.

What bus companies travel from Seattle to San Francisco?

There is one bus company that operates from Seattle to San Francisco. Greyhound is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound31d 2h 2m$137.26

Where does the bus leave from in Seattle?

Most buses depart from the main station in Seattle, Washington:

  • 1301 Madison St
  • 1660 S Columbian Way
  • 702 Marion St
  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St
  • 325 9th St
  • 9th Ave &spring St
  • 1260 Cherry St

Where does the bus arrive in San Francisco?

All buses from Seattle arrive at one main station in San Francisco, California:

  • 425 Mission St

Price trends for buses from Seattle to San Francisco

Average prices by travel date

$178$119$59SepSep

Monthly average prices

$132$105$79$53$26ONDJFMAMJJAS

Prices as travel date approaches

$198$158$119$79$403020100

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