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Bus Route Overview: Seattle to Bellingham

There are 7 intercity buses per day from Seattle to Bellingham. Traveling by bus from Seattle to Bellingham usually takes around 2 hours and 7 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in just one hour and 40 minutes.

Distance79 mi (128 km)
Shortest duration1h 40m
Cheapest price$12.13
Trips per day7
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Seattle to Bellingham

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Ulrike

June 28, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Thruway

Cons: The bus was 45 minutes late. Although no big problem for me, some people missed their connection to a bus to Anacortes and the ferry to Orcas Island. Tips: Expect delays since the bus has to wait for passengers coming in by train.

Cons: The bus was 45 minutes late. Although no big problem for me, some people missed their connection to a bus to Anacortes and the ferry to Orcas Island. Tips: Expect delays since the bus has to wait for passengers coming in by train.

5.0

Lily

March 12, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: I enjoyed this bus ride, I felt safe. Even with the stops, the bus driver never left us alone. The bus was full which me made me feel better. We got to Bellingham at the exact time and that was nice. Cons: Everything went really smooth, I actually traveled on mar...

Pros: I enjoyed this bus ride, I felt safe. Even with the stops, the bus driver never left us alone. The bus was full which me made me feel better. We got to Bellingham at the exact time and that was nice. Cons: Everything went really smooth, I actually traveled on march 11 and I liked how it gave me the option to switch it since my plans changed. But one thing I would improve is putting music on the bus maybe and if the driver can announce where we are at each stop. Tips: I think just keep voices at low setting, there was people trying to sleep and some people were having loud conversations. I had my headphones on the whole time and was watching YouTube videos.

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5.0

Graham

October 26, 2019- Visiting friends

BoltBus

Pros: I was very nervous to be going on a bus trip, especially given the things I had heard about BoltBus. But I was very pleasantly surprised; the bus was on time and clean, and there was even wifi and free movies. Cons: I had trouble finding the bus stop in Seattle ...

Pros: I was very nervous to be going on a bus trip, especially given the things I had heard about BoltBus. But I was very pleasantly surprised; the bus was on time and clean, and there was even wifi and free movies. Cons: I had trouble finding the bus stop in Seattle because there wasn't very good signage.

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5.0

Sheri

July 28, 2019- Visiting family

BoltBus

Pros: Clean and quiet. Cons: Tray tables. Tips: Bring a plug, not just a usb plug.

Pros: Clean and quiet. Cons: Tray tables. Tips: Bring a plug, not just a usb plug.

5.0

Ruth

July 26, 2019- Visiting family

BoltBus

Pros: Prompt, good value. Cons: Lack of terminal facilities. Tips: Buy tix in advance.

Pros: Prompt, good value. Cons: Lack of terminal facilities. Tips: Buy tix in advance.

How much is a bus ticket from Seattle to Bellingham?

$20.64 is the average price of a bus ticket from Seattle to Bellingham. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. 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

$61$40$20SepOct

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Seattle to Bellingham is expected to range from C$23 to C$46. If you are looking to travel to Bellingham within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from C$23. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are C$23 and can be found on September 21, 2022.

Monthly average prices

$67$54$40$27$13ONDJFMAMJJAS

The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in March. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just C$26 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Seattle to Bellingham in February, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to C$55 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

$67$54$40$27$133020100

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 18 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save C$8.81 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Seattle to Bellingham?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Seattle to Bellingham that you can search and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 6 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway24h 21m$48.05
FlixBus US61h 54m$26.63
  • 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 Bellingham start at $26. On average, there are 2 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    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 6 trips per day from Seattle to Bellingham, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get from the Seattle airport to Bellingham?

Bellingham is a little more than 100 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport via I-5N. From the SeaTac airport, take the Link light rail downtown where you can catch a variety of different buses to Bellingham, including BoltBus, Greyhound and Amtrak Thruway. The bus ride takes an average of 2 hours.

What bus carriers travel from Seattle to Bellingham?

There are 3 different bus companies that provide 23 trips per day on this route, 10 of which are direct:

On BoltBus, the average price for a bus from Seattle to Bellingham is around $14.00, with 5 trips offered per day. The average travel time is 2 hours and 2 minutes.

On Greyhound, the average price for a bus ride from Seattle to Bellingham is around $18.00, with 15 trips offered per day. The average travel time is 4 hours and 1 minute.

On Amtrak Thruway, the average price for a bus ride from Seattle to Bellingham is around $24.00, with only 1 trip per day. The average travel time is 2 hours.

Is there a ferry from Seattle to Bellingham?

Although both cities are located along the shores of the Puget Sound, unfortunately, there is not a ferry that travels from Seattle to Bellingham. Instead, your best bet is to travel by bus, tickets for which are as cheap as $11.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Seattle to Bellingham 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 Bellingham?

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 7 minutes to cover the 128 kilometers from Seattle to Bellingham. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 40 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?

Because many passengers travel from Seattle to Bellingham 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, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Seattle?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 1:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Seattle to Bellingham, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus departures serve Bellingham each day?

There are 7 scheduled buses that travel from Seattle to Bellingham 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 Seattle to Bellingham without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Seattle to Bellingham; ticket prices start at $25.63.

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.

Bellingham

Bellingham, WA, US - BLH-0

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Bellingham is a scenic coastal city nestled between Mount Baker and the Puget Sound in Washington State. Its waterfront port is the launch point for fishing trips, leisure boating, and cruises to Alaska — a convenient starting point, since the city is only 25 miles south of the Canadian border. Sprawling Whatcom Falls Park showcases the best of the Northwest's natural forested beauty, one of the features that make Bellingham a top Washington destination. Plus, it's only a short drive to the #1 most instagrammable National Park, North Cascades National Park.

Kiddos will light up when they visit the SPARK Museum of Electrical Inventions, home to hands-on science exhibits and live demonstrations. If you're traveling without kids, prepare to hit up Bellingham's brewery scene. Bars, wineries, cideries, and more fine establishments offer quality drinks at prices that still lure students from local Western Washington University. Find some of the best restaurants and shops in the Fairhaven Historic District, distinctive for its Victorian architecture and views over Bellingham Bay.

FlixBus, Quick Shuttle, and Amtrak Thruway buses connect Bellingham to major cities in the Northwest like Seattle. Ambitious travelers can even travel to Bellingham by bus from Minneapolis! Bellingham's proximity to Canada makes it easy to travel to Vancouver, BC via bus or train on the Amtrak Cascades. Several airlines fly into Bellingham International Airport, but Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is only about 2 hours away if you need to catch a flight to farther destinations.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Seattle?

Main departure station: 622 S Lane St & 6th Ave S

Buses to Bellingham leave from 4 stations in Seattle.

All bus stations in Seattle:

  • 622 S Lane St & 6th Ave S

  • U of Washington (Condon Hall)

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • Pacific Central Station

Where does the bus arrive in Bellingham?

Main arrival station: 516 High St

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Bellingham.

Bus stations in Bellingham:

  • 516 High St

  • 401 Harris Ave

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