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Journey Information

There are 12 intercity coaches per day from Portland to Salem. Traveling by coach from Portland to Salem usually takes around 2 hours, but the fastest FlixBus US coach can make the trip in just one hour,

Distance44 mi (70 km)
Shortest duration1h 0m
Cheapest price£11.81
Trips per day8
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Thruway
Coach lines3

Coach Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for coaches from Portland to Salem

(Based on 12 ratings and reviews)




29 January 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: Was on time and driver was very good at his job. Cons: I don't see anything needing improvement. Tips: Sit back and enjoy.



13 November 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: Easy and carefree travel. Cons: Snacks. Tips: Come a bit early.



21 October 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: Clean-Quiet-Peaceful. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Bring a snack & drink.


Bradley D

1 June 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Thruway

The booking was enabled by Wanderu. Amtrak booking was impossible.



13 November 2021- Business

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: Very comfortable ride. Cons: The footrests could be easier to operate.

How much is a coach ticket from Portland to Salem?

£16.63 is the average price of a bus ticket from Portland to Salem. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. 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


Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Portland to Salem is expected to range from £15 to £25. If you are looking to travel to Salem within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from £18. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are £15 and can be found on 13 July 2024.

Monthly average prices

Bus tickets from Portland to Salem are at their cheapest average price in January. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around £12. On the other hand, traveling on this route during October might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for October trips cost £18, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches


Most coach companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your coach tickets as early as possible. Booking in advance is the best way to find cheap coach tickets, even if it’s only by a few days.

What coach companies travel from Portland to Salem?

There are 3 bus lines from Portland to Salem available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 6 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:

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway63h 3m£28.19
FlixBus US21h 8m£13.99
Pacific Crest Bus Lines42h 13m£17.33
  • 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 Portland to Salem start at £12. On average, there are 6 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 2 trips per day from Portland to Salem, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Book Pacific Crest Bus Lines from Portland to Salem from £17. There are 4 Pacific Crest Bus Lines schedules from Portland to Salem and you can expect on average to pay for a Pacific Crest Bus Lines ticket to Salem. In Portland, Pacific Crest Bus Lines departs to Salem from 1090 Nw Station Way and 2 other stations. In Salem, Pacific Crest Bus Lines arrives at 500 13th St. S.E. and no other station.

    An average trip on Pacific Crest Bus Lines from Portland to Salem takes 2 hours and 13 minutes , while the fastest available Pacific Crest Bus Lines trip will get you to Salem in 1 hours and 0 minutes .

    On weekends, Pacific Crest Bus Lines offers 4 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway to Salem.

Frequently Asked Questions

The coach takes an average of 2 hours to cover the 44 miles from Portland to Salem. However, the fastest coach only takes an hour. 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 coach may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for coach travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

The first coach leaves at 07:00 and the last coach leaves at 19:00. To see the times for all coaches from Portland to Salem, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 12 scheduled coaches that travel from Portland to Salem every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 8 direct coaches, where you can stay on the same coach without having to transfer to a connecting coach at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Portland to Salem; ticket prices start at £7.88.

City Information


Portland, OR - PDX-0

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Portland, OR - PDX-1

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Portland, OR - PDX-2

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Portland is the largest city in Oregon and accordingly one the state's best vacation destinations. Also known as the City of Roses, this city along the Willamette River wows visitors with its diverse street food, quirky counterculture, and sprawling bookstores such as the world-famous Powell's Books.

Portland is the 5th best city in the United States for outdoor activities, thanks in part to open-air grounds like the expansive Forest Park. Gardens are also excellent outdoor date locales for couples on a romantic getaway: stop and smell the roses at either the International Rose Test Garden or the Portland Japanese Garden.

Once you've gotten hungry from a long day wandering outside, nearly every block downtown has a plethora of food trucks waiting to tickle your taste buds. Or, kick back at one of the many breweries in the #3 best city for craft beer in the United States. Unique locations like McMenamin's brewpubs in renovated cinemas or historic hotels do their part to "keep Portland weird."

As the biggest city in Oregon, Portland is a hub for travel throughout the Pacific Northwest. Amtrak train service and various bus services operate primarily out of Union Station, conveniently-located downtown, and nearby Portland International Airport makes it easy to travel to Portland from near and far.


Salem, OR, US - SAM-0

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Salem is the capital of Oregon and one of the state's best vacation destinations. Nestled in the Willamette Valley, the city is rich with outdoor activities, diverse cuisine, and sites reflecting Oregon's history.

The Deepwood Estate, a mansion built in 1893, runs tours that share early Salem history. Explore the surrounding gardens at Deepwood or walk the many paths in Bush's Pasture Park to discover their lush plant life. The Willamette River that runs through Salem is a gorgeous spot to fish, kayak, or board the historic Willamette Queen steamboat for a dinner cruise.

Salem's charming downtown overflows with local coffee shops, cafés, and restaurants serving fresh fare and the best wines from the Willamette Valley. The Saturday Farmers Market near the state capitol serves up fresh produce alongside live music and food trucks.

Many bus services operate in Salem, including Jefferson Lines, FlixBus, Shuttle Oregon, and the Amtrak Thruway. Amtrak's Coast Starlight line also stops in Salem, heading to LA and Seattle, as well as the Cascades, going to Vancouver and Eugene, Oregon.

Station Information

Where does the coach leave from in Portland?

Union Station - 800 NW 6th Ave - PDXAMT-0

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Main departure station: Union Station

Located in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown area at 800 Northwest Sixth Avenue, Union Station features a glowing neon sign encouraging you to “Go By Train.” Union Station serves several iconic Amtrak routes including the Cascades through the Pacific Northwest, the scenic Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle, and the long-distance Empire Builder which travels all the way to Chicago. Along with train service, Union Station serves intercity bus service via Greyhound, and connects to the Portland Streetcar, MAX Light Rail, and several local TriMet buses. There is a restaurant and bar onsite, as well as a Metropolitan Lounge reserved for Amtrak’s first- and business-class passengers.

All coach stations in Portland:

  • Union Station

  • 7411 NW Station Way

  • 1090 Nw Station Way

  • Sunset Transit Center/TriMet Station

  • Portland Airport(tac)

  • Union Station

  • Hawthorne Station

  • NW 185th Ave

  • Astoria Transit Ctr - 900 Marine Dr

  • 695 S Hwy 101

  • 1170 South Hemlock St

  • Seaside Lodge & International Hostel

  • Gearhart Bowl & Fultano's Pizza

  • 42362 U.S. Highway 26

  • Seaside Cinema Empire Transit Stop

Where does the coach arrive in Salem?

Main arrival station: 500 13th St SE

Coaches arrive in Salem at 3 stations, depending on which coach line you are traveling with.

Coach stations in Salem:

  • 500 13th St SE

  • 500 13th St. S.E.

  • Chemeketa & Liberty

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