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About Salem

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.

What bus companies travel to Salem, Oregon?

Located in Oregon, Salem is accessible by bus from 12 other cities. You can choose from 49 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Salem on Wanderu. Amtrak Thruway usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Salem are also available.

Bus companies serving Salem

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US12010h 41m$62.62
Amtrak Thruway51h 37m$14.68
Pacific Crest Bus Lines32h 14m$22.77
  • 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.

  • 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.

Which bus carrier has the best service to Salem?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Salem by bus with Shuttle Oregon giving them a 4.8 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Shuttle Oregon had the most comfortable bus service to Salem taking into account the seats and amenities that Shuttle Oregon offers. They rate Shuttle Oregon a 4.5 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Salem punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Thruway has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Salem, rating them a 4.8 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$9.00 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Salem, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Salem. In the last month, buses from Tualatin to Salem had the lowest average price at $9.00.

The busiest bus station in Salem is 500 13th St SE. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Salem are:

  • 500 13th St SE
  • Chemeketa & Liberty
  • 500 13th St. S.E.
Salem ranks number 7 among most popular bus destinations in the region. It also ranks number 208 in United States. Salem ranks number 3 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Salem via bus service. On average 35 direct daily bus trips serve Salem.
The population of Salem is 164549. Salem ranks number 3 in terms of population in Oregon and number 170 in all of United States.
Bus tickets to Salem range from $9 for a short trip to Salem, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Salem starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Salem can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $22.
People who take the bus to Salem are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a bus last minute make taking a bus to Salem easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest bus station to the city center of Salem is Chemeketa & Liberty, located just 0.1 miles away. Select Chemeketa & Liberty as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Salem. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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