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Los Angeles - Salinas Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity buses per day from Los Angeles to Salinas. Traveling by bus from Los Angeles to Salinas usually takes around 11 hours and 40 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance264 mi (425 km)
Shortest duration6h 45m
Cheapest price$39.99
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Thruway
Bus lines2

How much is a bus ticket from Los Angeles to Salinas?

Bus tickets for a trip from Los Angeles to Salinas cost $73.13 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 average prices

If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Los Angeles to Salinas, mark your calendar for December. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $69. However, taking the bus from Los Angeles to Salinas during October is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $94. The best way to find deals on a trip in October is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches


To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Booking a few days before your trip can make your ticket cheaper than booking day-of.

What bus companies travel from Los Angeles to Salinas?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Los Angeles to Salinas that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Amtrak Thruway usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway211h 54m$77.39
FlixBus US18h 12m$64.36
  • 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 Los Angeles to Salinas start at $71. On average, there are 2 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

  • 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. On average, FlixBus US operates 1 trips per day from Los Angeles to Salinas, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 11 hours and 40 minutes to cover the 264 miles from Los Angeles to Salinas. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 45 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.

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Salinas, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 12:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Los Angeles to Salinas, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Los Angeles to Salinas. Both of these are direct buses, meaning that you do not have to worry about transferring buses at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Los Angeles to Salinas; ticket prices start at $46.00.

City Information

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.


Salinas, CA, US - SNS-0

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Salinas is a city in California popularly known as the Salad Bowl of the World- though the nickname is about more than healthy food. The city has a vibrant agriculture industry, pristine farmland, historic sites, and plenty of greenery. As an agriculture-based city, it's not surprising that there are a lot of outdoor areas to visit, from Natividad Creek Park to the Creekbridge Neighborhood Park. In addition, history lovers in Salinas can visit the National Steinbeck Center and Monterey & Salinas Valley Railroad Museum for their interactive exhibits, while Salinas Valley Art Gallery appeals to art lovers.

For wine lovers in Salinas, there is a wide range of wineries and vineyards in the city, with popular choices being the Chateau Sinnet Winery and Vineyard, and SMD Vineyards. Visitors to the city can check out nightclubs, lounges, and bowling centers. Salinas organizes festivals throughout the year, like the Monthly Art Market & Artisan Fair and the Annual Halloween Beer Crawl.

If you're visiting Salinas by train, over 100 cities offer routes by Amtrak. Fewer bus lines are going to the city, provided by Amtrak Thruway. There are also Monterey-Salinas Transit services for transport inside the city.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Los Angeles?

Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy  - IRVAMT-0

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Main departure station: Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy

Irvine Station – also known as Irvine Transportation Center – is the busiest station in South Orange County, serving over a million passengers annually. It first opened in 1990 on the south side of the decommissioned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in the Spectrum district. The station serves Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, Metrolink (Southern California's commuter rail system), and various local transit bus lines part of the Orange County Transportation Authority's network. In the vicinity of the station, there are hotels, offices, and shops. Irvine Station is also close to the Irvine Spectrum Center, one of SoCal's most popular entertainment and shopping destinations.

All bus stations in Los Angeles:

  • Irvine Transp Ctr - 15215 Barranca Pkwy

  • Union Station

  • Anaheim Stadium Parking - 2626 E Katella Ave

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • 120 East Santa Fe Ave - Fullerton Transp Ctr

  • 800 N Alameda St

  • Oceanside Transit Center

  • Santa Fe Depot - 1050 Kettner Blvd

  • Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

  • 105 N Cedros Ave - Solana Beach Transit Ctr

  • Downtown - Vignes Lot

Where does the bus arrive in Salinas?

Main arrival station: 11 Station Pl

All buses from Los Angeles arrive at one main station in Salinas.

All bus stations in Salinas:

  • 11 Station Pl

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