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San Francisco - Portland Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from San Francisco to Portland. Traveling by bus from San Francisco to Portland usually takes around 16 hours and 32 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 14 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance536 mi (862 km)
Shortest duration14h 35m
Cheapest price$68.48
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

How much is a bus ticket from San Francisco to Portland?

Bus tickets for a trip from San Francisco to Portland cost $82.43 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.

Average prices by travel date

$135$90$45MayMay

Over the next four weeks, the average price of bus tickets from San Francisco to Portland is expected to be between $79 and $125. The cheapest day to travel in the next month is May 20, 2024, when tickets are available for May 20, 2024. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next week start at just $79.

Monthly avg. prices

$150$120$90$60$30JJASONDJFMAM
If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from San Francisco to Portland, mark your calendar for May. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $93. However, taking the bus from San Francisco to Portland during November is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $135. The best way to find deals on a trip in November is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches

$175$140$105$70$353020100

Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 16 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $82.31 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from San Francisco to Portland?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from San Francisco to Portland that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US118h 54m$124.14
Greyhound215h 58m$101.36
  • 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 San Francisco to Portland, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 San Francisco to Portland every day, with the average journey taking around 15 hours and 58 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Portland usually start from $68.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 16 hours and 32 minutes to cover the 536 miles from San Francisco to Portland. However, the fastest bus only takes 14 hours and 35 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 San Francisco to Portland 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, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 4:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Francisco to Portland, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from San Francisco to Portland every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Francisco to Portland; ticket prices start at $92.00.

City Information

San Francisco

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San Francisco, CA - SFO-1

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Located in the heart of Northern California's Bay Area, San Francisco is a geographically small but culturally huge city known for its historic cable cars, active waterfront, and the eclectic mix of hippies and techies who call it home. While it might be one of the most expensive U.S. cities to live in, San Fran can actually be very cheap to visit, and there is no shortage of unique sights to see.

If the city's omnipresent fog (nicknamed "Karl the Fog" by locals) takes a break, the best views and Instagram photo ops of the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge are found in Golden Gate Park. Stroll through the oldest Chinatown in North America to find the perfect dim sum, or if you and your boo prefer a little Full House moment, try a romantic picnic at Alamo Square Park in front of the Victorian "Painted Ladies." After all, San Francisco is one of the best vacation destinations for couples.

Since the city is condensed onto a small peninsula, exploring by bike is an efficient and scenic way to get around. When you’re ready to travel beyond city limits, San Francisco is a convenient hub for trips throughout Northern California. It's actually the first stop on Wanderu's West Coast Wine Tour, with the next stop, obviously, in Napa Valley. Whether traveling by bus, train, or through either of the two nearby airports, San Francisco is a can't-miss destination.

Portland

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Portland, OR - PDX-1

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Portland is the largest city in Oregon and accordingly one of the state's best vacation destinations. Also known as the City of Roses, this city along the Willamette River wows visitors with its diverse street food, quirky counterculture, and sprawling bookstores such as the world-famous Powell's Books.

Portland is the 5th best city in the United States for outdoor activities, thanks in part to open-air grounds like the expansive Forest Park. Gardens are also excellent outdoor date locales for couples on a romantic getaway: stop and smell the roses at either the International Rose Test Garden or the Portland Japanese Garden.

Once you've gotten hungry from a long day wandering outside, nearly every block downtown has a plethora of food trucks waiting to tickle your taste buds. Or, kick back at one of the many breweries in the #3 best city for craft beer in the United States. Unique locations like McMenamin's brewpubs in renovated cinemas or historic hotels do their part to "keep Portland weird."

As the biggest city in Oregon, Portland is a hub for travel throughout the Pacific Northwest. Amtrak train service and various bus services operate primarily out of Union Station, conveniently-located downtown, and nearby Portland International Airport makes it easy to travel to Portland from near and far.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Francisco?

Main departure station: Salesforce Transit Center

Buses to Portland leave from 3 stations in San Francisco.

All bus stations in San Francisco:

  • Salesforce Transit Center

  • Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St

  • 700 Beach Street

Where does the bus arrive in Portland?

Main arrival station: 7411 NW Station Way

All buses from San Francisco arrive at one main station in Portland.

All bus stations in Portland:

  • 7411 NW Station Way

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