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How to get to Seattle by bus

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What is a good price for a bus ticket to Seattle?

$1.00 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Seattle, 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 Seattle. In the last month, buses from Olympia to Seattle had the lowest average price at $8.50. In general, these cities tend to have the cheapest buses to Seattle:

Where is the bus station in Seattle, WA?

The busiest bus station in Seattle is Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Seattle are:

  • Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way
  • 5th Ave S and S Dearborn St
  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

Where should you stay in Seattle?

There are a number of appealing neighborhoods to stay in when you visit Seattle. If you’re looking for a spot around the Seattle Bus Station on Royal Brougham Way, then we recommend taking a look at the SoDo (South of Downtown) neighborhood near CenturyLink Field and T-Mobile Park. A bit further away but still closeby, you can stay near Pioneer Square in Downtown Seattle, or in North Beacon Hill which is close to scenic Jefferson Park.

Other appealing neighborhoods a little farther afield from the Seattle Bus Station include Belltown, Queen Anne and Capitol Hill.

Belltown is just north of downtown. It’s close to some of Seattle’s most famous sites, including Pike Place Market, and has budget hotel options.

Queen Anne (specifically Lower Queen Anne) is where you’ll find the Space Needle, the Seattle Center, and more. It’s not exactly a budget spot, but you can find some lower-priced options, and it’s a terrific area for first-time visitors.

Capitol Hill is often called one of Seattle’s coolest neighborhoods. It’s somewhat less touristy and is a solid spot for nightlife.

How do you get around Seattle?

Seattle has a pretty good public transportation system, making it easy to get around without a car. The most popular option is the King County Metro, which includes buses and trolleys. Sound Transit buses link Seattle to the surrounding area if you want to head outside of the city. Seattle also has two streetcar lines.

To get into downtown Seattle from the Seattle Bus Station, consider the SODO Busway (also known as the E-3 Busway). Using the busway you can get up to Pike’s Market and other attractions, and you can easily transfer to Link light rail stations. Tickets on the busway cost $2.75 per ticket. You can also board the Red Line at the Sound Transit’s Stadium stop. On Sound Transit, fares vary depending on the type of vehicle and how far you’ve traveled.

Downtown Seattle itself is pretty walkable, and the city is bike friendly, so consider renting a bike or walking short distances.

Finally, there’s the Seattle Center Monorail — but frankly, that’s more of a touristy activity that also just happens to take you from one spot to the next. Adult tickets are $3 each, and transports riders between downtown Seattle and the Space Center, home of the Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture and other attractions.

What are some places to visit in Seattle?

The main attractions in Seattle include the Seattle Center and the Space Needle, as well as Pikes Place Market, one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the U.S. At Pikes Market, you can also visit the Original Starbucks (the Seattle-based coffee giant’s first brick and mortar store was opened in 1971). Another excellent spot to visit is the Pioneer Square Historic District.

Seattle has some amazing parks as well, including the Japanese Garden in Volunteer Park, Discovery Park, and the Olympic Sculpture Park. The city also has a number of unique museums, including the Museum of Pop Culture and the Living Computer Museum, both of which have interactive exhibits.

What are some good restaurants in Seattle?

Food spots directly by the Seattle Bus Station are somewhat scarce, but Chinatown lies just a half-mile north with all sorts of terrific options. Some of the best include Dough Zone Dumpling House, Harbor City Restaurant, and King Noodle (which is also a terrific budget option).

Closer to downtown, Pikes Place Market is an ideal place to start your foodie journey. Choose from more than 80 restaurants, including Market Grill and Piroshky Piroshky.

Affordable seafood can be found at both The 100 Pound Clam and The White Swan Public House, and La Carta De Oaxaca is a great place for Mexican food. Then there’s Dick’s Drive-In is a classic Seattle burger joint with several locations around the city.

For Italian food, some say the homemade pasta at Il Corvo is the best in the city, but be warned — it’s a lunch-only spot, and you’ll want to be there right when it opens to avoid waiting a long time.

What is the best time to visit Seattle by bus?

Early fall is the best time to visit Seattle by bus. In late September through October, room rates will be lower and temperatures will be comfortable but not too cool.

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