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Bus Route Overview: Vancouver to Seattle

There are 6 intercity buses per day from Vancouver to Seattle. Traveling by bus from Vancouver to Seattle usually takes around 3 hours and 51 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Thruway bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance121 mi (195 km)
Shortest duration3h 30m
Cheapest price$21.00
Trips per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Thruway
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Vancouver to Seattle

(Based on 151 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

John

September 26, 2022- Couples trip

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: Ken drove us to and from Vancouver. We felt very safe with him. He explained everything perfectly with a lovely sense of humour throughout and when we arrived at the immigration stops. He also worked tirelessly to get the luggage on and off the bus in quick time....

Pros: Ken drove us to and from Vancouver. We felt very safe with him. He explained everything perfectly with a lovely sense of humour throughout and when we arrived at the immigration stops. He also worked tirelessly to get the luggage on and off the bus in quick time. We need more Kens in this world. Cons: No. Tips: Arrive in good time.

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5.0

Geoff

September 14, 2022- Couples trip

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: Great background details all way round Seattle. Cons: nothing comes to mind. Tips: a trip not to be missed.

Pros: Great background details all way round Seattle. Cons: nothing comes to mind. Tips: a trip not to be missed.

5.0

Victortia

September 8, 2022- Vacation

Quick Shuttle (Econo+)

Add more schedule instead 2 trips a day.

Add more schedule instead 2 trips a day.

5.0

Badri

September 7, 2022- Vacation

Quick Shuttle (Flex+)

Pros: Smooth ride courteous helpful driver. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Please wear a mask if coughing or sneezing follow directions of driver.

Pros: Smooth ride courteous helpful driver. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Please wear a mask if coughing or sneezing follow directions of driver.

4.0

Rhodalisa

August 28, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Thruway

Amtrak is the best for the trip

Amtrak is the best for the trip

Vancouver to Seattle Route Map

Vancouver Seattle

How much is a bus ticket from Vancouver to Seattle?

$33.61 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Vancouver to Seattle is expected to range from $33 to $43. 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 $33 and can be found on October 13, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in November. 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 $47 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

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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 14 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $8.94 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Vancouver to Seattle?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Vancouver to Seattle that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Amtrak Thruway usually offers more choice, with 5 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway53h 47m$39.12
Greyhound24h 13m$27.94
  • Amtrak Thruway

    Amtrak Thruway

    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 $34. On average, there are 5 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    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 performs about 2 bus trips from Vancouver to Seattle every day, with the average journey taking around 4 hours and 13 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Seattle usually start from $21.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need your passport on the bus from Vancouver, BC to Seattle?

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.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Vancouver to Seattle during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride from Vancouver to Seattle?

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 51 minutes to cover the 121 miles from Vancouver to Seattle. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 30 minutes. 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 bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking buses from Vancouver to Seattle. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Sunday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the bus and even save some change check out travel options on Monday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Vancouver?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Vancouver to Seattle, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 6 scheduled buses that travel from Vancouver to Seattle every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Vancouver to Seattle without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Vancouver to Seattle; ticket prices start at $34.00.

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

  • Pacific Central Station (Curbside)

  • Victoria Bus Depot - Capital City Station

Where does the bus arrive in Seattle?

Seattle, WA - King Street Station - SEAAMT-0

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Main arrival station: King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

King Street Station is the main station for Amtrak train service and Greyhound bus service in Seattle, with connections to local public transit like the Link Light Rail and King County Metro at the International District/Chinatown station one block away. Located near downtown Seattle in the trendy Pioneer Square neighborhood, King Street Station opened in 1906 and continues to impress travelers with its restored Italian architecture and Venetian-style clocktower. King Street Station has on-site Amtrak staff, restrooms, and vending machines, and while there are no restaurants in the station, several nearby coffee shops and eateries make it easy to fuel up before your trip.

All bus stations in Seattle:

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way

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