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There are 2 intercity buses per day from San Francisco to Seattle. Traveling by bus from San Francisco to Seattle usually takes around 24 hours and 32 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 21 hours and 55 minutes.
|Distance||679 mi (1093 km)|
|Shortest duration||21h 55m|
|Most frequent service||Greyhound|
How much is a bus ticket from San Francisco to Seattle?
Typically $126.00 is the average price you should expect to pay for a bus ticket to Seattle. Bus tickets on this route can be more expensive due to the length of the trip. However, taking the bus can still be a good alternative to flying. 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
Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from San Francisco to Seattle is expected to range from $117 to $153. If you are looking to travel to Seattle within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $118. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $117 and can be found on June 1, 2022.
Monthly average prices
The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in January. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $97 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Francisco to Seattle in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $125 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
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 29 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $36.05 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.
What bus companies travel from San Francisco to Seattle?
There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from San Francisco to Seattle. Greyhound is the one bus line that serves this route. Although it's the sole option, there are a couple of different scheduled times to choose from.
|Bus||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Greyhound||2||1d 0h 33m||$130.70|
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 Seattle every day, with the average journey taking around 24 hours and 33 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Seattle usually start from $115.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from San Francisco 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 San Francisco to Seattle?
The bus takes an average of 24 hours and 32 minutes to cover the 679 miles from San Francisco to Seattle. However, the fastest bus only takes 21 hours and 55 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.
What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?
With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for bus travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, 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.
When do the earliest and latest buses leave San Francisco?
The first bus leaves at 11:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Francisco to Seattle, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many bus departures serve Seattle each day?
There are usually only 2 buses per day from San Francisco to Seattle. However, neither bus offers direct service, so you will have to get off your original vehicle to transfer buses during the trip.
Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Francisco to Seattle; ticket prices start at $91.00.
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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.
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.
Where does the bus leave from in San Francisco?
Main departure station: Salesforce Plaza
Behind a modern curved façade lies San Francisco’s commuter hub, the Salesforce Transit Center. This gateway to downtown San Francisco and the entire Bay Area welcomes tens of thousands of passengers every day. Finding your way around is easy thanks to more than 270 digital displays with transit information. The Salesforce Transit Center serves as a bus station for Greyhound and Amtrak Thruway buses, as well as several public transit options for convenient connections. A standout feature of the Salesforce Transit Center is a public five-acre rooftop park which gives travelers an open space to relax. Rotating food trucks, cafés, carts, and pop-up retail make this a dynamic and vibrant destination in itself.
All bus stations in San Francisco:
Where does the bus arrive in Seattle?
Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way
All buses from San Francisco arrive at one main station in Seattle.
All bus stations in Seattle:
Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way
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