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Journey Information

There are 32 intercity buses per day from Vancouver to Seattle. Traveling by bus from Vancouver to Seattle usually takes around 4 hours and 19 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance121 mi (195 km)
Shortest duration3h 20m
Cheapest price€14.70
Trips per day31
Most frequent serviceQuick Shuttle (Econo+)
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Vancouver to Seattle

(Based on 174 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

YI-ZHEN

17 February 2024- Visiting family

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: The bus was on time and very clean, and the driver John was super friendly and helpful. The announcement he made for getting through the U.S. border was very clearly. Cons: It would be great if the legroom can be more spacious and if there are outlets for charging the personal device. Tips: Plan the trip and book the tickets as early as possible so you can get better deal.

5.0

Choi

27 January 2024- Solo travel

Quick Shuttle (Econo+)

Pros: Very nice. Cons: Perfect.

5.0

Uma

10 November 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Thruway

Please make sure there's WiFi on the Amtrak bus

5.0

Emma

17 September 2023- Couples trip

Amtrak Thruway

Driver was informative & quick.

5.0

Madoka

16 September 2023- Solo travel

Quick Shuttle (Econo+)

Pros: good price. Cons: I would be happy if there was an outlet installed.

Vancouver to Seattle Route Map

Vancouver Seattle

How much is a bus ticket from Vancouver to Seattle?

€36.95 is the average price of a bus ticket from Vancouver to Seattle. 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

€56€38€19AprMay

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Vancouver to Seattle is expected to range from €35 to €50. If you are looking to travel to Seattle within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from €35. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are €35 and can be found on 23 April 2024.

Monthly average prices

€47€38€28€19€9MJJASONDJFMA

The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in January. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just €37 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Vancouver to Seattle in July, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to €44 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

€47€38€28€19€93020100

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 10 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save €6.39 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Vancouver to Seattle?

There are 5 bus lines from Vancouver to Seattle available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 11 daily trips, Quick Shuttle (Econo+) 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 46m€55.75
FlixBus US74h 7m€36.72
Greyhound14h 25m€34.58
Quick Shuttle (Econo+)114h 49m€33.07
Quick Shuttle (Flex+)114h 49m€48.19
  • 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 Vancouver to Seattle start at €47. 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 Vancouver to Seattle, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide coach 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 1 bus trips from Vancouver to Seattle every day, with the average journey taking around 4 hours and 25 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Seattle usually start from €29.

  • Book Quick Shuttle (Econo+) from Vancouver to Seattle from €15. There are 11 trips per day offered by Quick Shuttle (Econo+) from Vancouver to Seattle and you can expect on average to pay for a Quick Shuttle (Econo+) ticket to Seattle. In Vancouver, Quick Shuttle (Econo+) departs to Seattle from Holiday Inn on Howe and 2 other stations. In Seattle, Quick Shuttle (Econo+) arrives at Downtown Seattle and 2 other stations.

    An average trip on Quick Shuttle (Econo+) from Vancouver to Seattle takes 4 hours and 49 minutes , while the fastest available Quick Shuttle (Econo+) trip will get you to Seattle in 3 hours and 20 minutes .

    On weekends, Quick Shuttle (Econo+) offers 13 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Seattle.

  • Book Quick Shuttle (Flex+) from Vancouver to Seattle from €22. There are 11 trips per day offered by Quick Shuttle (Flex+) from Vancouver to Seattle and you can expect on average to pay for a Quick Shuttle (Flex+) ticket to Seattle. In Vancouver, Quick Shuttle (Flex+) departs to Seattle from Holiday Inn on Howe and 2 other stations. In Seattle, Quick Shuttle (Flex+) arrives at Downtown Seattle and 2 other stations.

    An average trip on Quick Shuttle (Flex+) from Vancouver to Seattle takes 4 hours and 49 minutes , while the fastest available Quick Shuttle (Flex+) trip will get you to Seattle in 3 hours and 20 minutes .

    On weekends, Quick Shuttle (Flex+) offers 13 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Seattle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you will need to carry a passport or proof of citizenship on your person when traveling from Vancouver, Canada, to Seattle. Forms of valid ID include an Enhanced Driver’s Licence or Enhanced Identity Card, as well as a Trusted Traveler Program Card (such as FAST cards). You will be asked to present your identification to the bus driver along with your ticket before boarding. Travelers cannot commute between Canada and the US without a valid type of ID.

When your bus arrives at the US border, all passengers will be asked to get off and submit their belongings to a mandatory security screening. All unclaimed belongings will be removed by officials at that time.

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 19 minutes to cover the 195 kilometers from Vancouver to Seattle. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 20 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.

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, 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.

The first bus leaves at 05:00 and the last bus leaves at 18:00. To see the times for all buses from Vancouver to Seattle, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 32 scheduled buses that travel from Vancouver to Seattle every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 31 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 Vancouver to Seattle; ticket prices start at €31.91.

City Information

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.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Vancouver?

Vancouver, BC - Pacific Central Station - CAVACAMT-0

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Main departure 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.

All bus stations in Vancouver:

  • Pacific Central Station

  • Holiday Inn on Howe

  • Waterfront Skytrain Station

  • Victoria Bus Depot - Capital City Station

  • Canada Place Pier (Cruise Level)

Where does the bus arrive in Seattle?

Main arrival station: Downtown Seattle

Buses arrive in Seattle at 7 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Seattle:

  • Downtown Seattle

  • Seattle Convention Center | Arch at 800 Pike (as of 1/19/24-3/31/24)

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • 622 S Lane St & 6th Ave S

  • U of Washington (Condon Hall)

  • Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way

  • Pier 91

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