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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.
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.
What bus companies travel to Seattle, Washington?
Located in Washington, Seattle is accessible by bus from 79 other cities. You can choose from 207 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Seattle on Wanderu. Jefferson Lines usually has the most buses on any given day.
Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Seattle are also available.
Bus companies serving Seattle
|Bus||Routes||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Jefferson Lines||82||1d 18h 7m||$242.02|
|FlixBus US||77||6h 10m||$40.16|
|Amtrak Thruway||15||3h 57m||$42.55|
|Quick Shuttle (Econo+)||3||4h 31m||$36.70|
|Quick Shuttle (Flex+)||3||4h 31m||$53.01|
Jefferson Lines is a well-established intercity bus company with service to some of the Midwest’s top travel destinations. As one of the United States’ largest bus service providers, Jefferson Lines is beloved by students, commuters, and vacationers in America’s heartland. Travel with Jefferson Lines is comfortable thanks to reclining seats, individual climate controls, restrooms, and free WiFi. You can even check the status of your trip with their bus tracker tool.
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.
Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus 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 buses are outfitted with power outlets, free WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning for your comfort.
Which bus carrier has the best service to Seattle?
Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Seattle by bus with Quick Shuttle (Econo+) giving them a 4.8 rating out of 5.
Travelers also mentioned that Quick Shuttle had the most comfortable bus service to Seattle taking into account the seats and amenities that Quick Shuttle offers. They rate Quick Shuttle a 4.2 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.
If you are looking to arrive to Seattle punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Thruway has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Seattle, rating them a 4.8 based on their on time arrivals.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a good price for a bus ticket 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
- King St Station - 303 S Jackson St
- 622 S Lane St & 6th Ave S
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.
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