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Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie bus

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Thunder Bay - Sault Ste. Marie Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 12 intercity buses per day from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie. Traveling by bus from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie usually takes around 9 hours and 1 minute, but the fastest Ontario Northland bus can make the trip in 8 hours and 44 minutes.

Distance263 mi (422 km)
Shortest duration8h 44m
Cheapest price$87.79
Trips per day12
Most frequent serviceOntario Northland
Bus lines1

How much is a bus ticket from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie?

Bus tickets for a trip from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie cost $88.39 on average. While it’s a bit pricey for a bus ticket, it’s still significantly more cost-effective than flying. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Monthly avg. prices

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If you're planning on taking a bus from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie, you'll be happy to know that the cost stays pretty stable throughout the year. You can expect to pay around $90 for your ticket regardless of when you plan to travel.

What bus companies travel from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie. Ontario Northland connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Ontario Northland129h 2m$91.82
  • Ontario Northland has been running buses since 1937 and continues to provide essential intercity service across Canada's second-largest province. Onboard their vehicles, passengers will find Wi-Fi connectivity described by passengers as excellent. Ontario Northland's clean and comfortable vehicles also include power outlets, air conditioning, and restrooms. Ontario Northland trips from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie usually take about 9 hours and 2 minutes, with an average ticket price of .

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 9 hours to cover the 263 miles from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie. However, the fastest bus only takes 8 hours and 44 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. 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.

Because many passengers travel from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Saturday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Saturday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 12:00am. To see the times for all buses from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 12 scheduled buses that travel from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie 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 Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie without transferring.

City Information

Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay, ON, CA - CATHU-0

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Thunder Bay is a city on Lake Superior, near the US border in Minnesota. It is home to the second largest curling stone in the world and offers impressive natural scenery and historic architecture.

Thunder Bay has exciting outdoor locations and kid-friendly activities, like the Loch Lomond Ski Area for snowboarding and skiing and the Kakabeka Falls offering a great view of the waterfall. The Terry Fox National Historic Person Plaque is a top historical site in the city, while art lovers can check modern pieces by native artists at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Check out Centennial Park, which combines recreations with a living museum. Thunder Bay features the Centennial Conservatory for seeing flowers, and the Quetico Provincial Park is ideal for canoeing and camping.

Downtown Thunder Bay South is the city center, where you can view numerous cultural attractions and landmarks. The city hosts the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition every August, an annual fair for all ages. You can check out Hoito Restaurant, one of the oldest in Canada, for its Finnish-Canadian cuisine and the booming craft brewery scene in the city.

You can visit Thunder Bay by train, with most routes provided by Ontario Northland.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Thunder Bay?

Main departure station: Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Buses to Sault Ste. Marie leave from 4 stations in Thunder Bay.

All bus stations in Thunder Bay:

  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

  • 1010 Dawson Rd

  • Landmark Hotel

  • Lakehead University

Where does the bus arrive in Sault Ste. Marie?

Main arrival station: 503 Trunk St

Buses arrive in Sault Ste. Marie at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Sault Ste. Marie:

  • 503 Trunk St

  • Sault Area Hospital

  • Sault College

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