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Journey Information

There are 8 intercity buses per day from Portland to Salem. Traveling by bus from Portland to Salem usually takes around one hour and 37 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in just one hour,

Distance44 mi (70 km)
Shortest duration1h 0m
Cheapest price$7.99
Trips per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Thruway
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Portland to Salem

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)



Bradley D

June 1, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Thruway

The booking was enabled by Wanderu. Amtrak booking was impossible.

The booking was enabled by Wanderu. Amtrak booking was impossible.



November 13, 2021- Business

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: Very comfortable ride. Cons: The footrests could be easier to operate.

Pros: Very comfortable ride. Cons: The footrests could be easier to operate.



March 19, 2021- Business

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: Ok furr da price a decent deal. Cons: Do not know. Tips: Be sure to arrive before departure...sigh.

Pros: Ok furr da price a decent deal. Cons: Do not know. Tips: Be sure to arrive before departure...sigh.



October 4, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: I liked the bus driver, he was very nice. Cons: Nothing, everything went well.

Pros: I liked the bus driver, he was very nice. Cons: Nothing, everything went well.



September 30, 2019- Visiting friends


Pros: Great bus. Smooth ride. Good driver. Cons: No clear signs at Union train station directing to Greyhound ticket office. Buses nowhere near ticket office. As a result of wrongly going bus first, then back several blocks with luggage for tickets and then back to bus...

Pros: Great bus. Smooth ride. Good driver. Cons: No clear signs at Union train station directing to Greyhound ticket office. Buses nowhere near ticket office. As a result of wrongly going bus first, then back several blocks with luggage for tickets and then back to bus again, I nearly missed bus. Also I was charged $20 for what should have been hand luggage. I had one small airline cabin case case and on small bag. I was charged for both, so my small amount of luggage cost way more than me. Outrageous. I didn’t have time to question it. Not a slick experience. A shambles actually. But at least the ride was great. Tips: Yes, go to office first for tickets, which is nowhere near buses!


How much is a bus ticket from Portland to Salem?

Typically $13.10 is the average price you should expect to pay for a bus ticket to Salem. This one of the best deals on bus tickets we have seen recently on Wanderu, we recommend booking your travel as prices tend to go up quickly. 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 Portland to Salem is expected to range from $12 to $16. If you are looking to travel to Salem within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $13. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $12 and can be found on July 12, 2022.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Portland to Salem by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $15 whenever you decide to travel.

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 22 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $2.12 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Portland to Salem?

There are 3 bus lines from Portland to Salem available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 6 daily trips, Amtrak Thruway usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway61h 47m$14.22
FlixBus US21h 0m$16.31
Shuttle Oregon11h 0m$30.00
  • 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 Portland to Salem start at $11. On average, there are 6 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    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 2 trips per day from Portland to Salem, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Shuttle Oregon

    Shuttle Oregon

    Book Shuttle Oregon from Portland to Salem from $30. Typically there is one Shuttle Oregon schedule per day from Portland to Salem and you can expect on average to pay for a Shuttle Oregon ticket to Salem. In Portland, Shuttle Oregon departs to Salem from Union Station . In Salem, Shuttle Oregon arrives at 500 13th St SE .

    An average trip on Shuttle Oregon from Portland to Salem takes 1 hours and 0 minutes .

    On weekends, Shuttle Oregon offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Salem.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Portland to Salem 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 Portland to Salem?

The bus takes an average of one hour and 37 minutes to cover the 44 miles from Portland to Salem. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus 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?

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Salem. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Portland?

The first bus leaves at 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Portland to Salem, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 8 scheduled buses that travel from Portland to Salem every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 6 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Portland to Salem; ticket prices start at $13.00.

City Information


Portland, OR - PDX-0

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Portland, OR - PDX-1

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Portland, OR - PDX-2

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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 Portland?

Union Station - 800 NW 6th Ave - PDXAMT-0

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Main departure station: Union Station

Located in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown area at 800 Northwest Sixth Avenue, Union Station features a glowing neon sign encouraging you to “Go By Train.” Union Station serves several iconic Amtrak routes including the Cascades through the Pacific Northwest, the scenic Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle, and the long-distance Empire Builder which travels all the way to Chicago. Along with train service, Union Station serves intercity bus service via Greyhound, and connects to the Portland Streetcar, MAX Light Rail, and several local TriMet buses. There is a restaurant and bar onsite, as well as a Metropolitan Lounge reserved for Amtrak’s first- and business-class passengers.

All bus stations in Portland:

  • Union Station

  • Sunset Transit Center/TriMet Station

  • NW 185th Ave

  • 7411 NW Station Way

  • 695 S Hwy 101

  • Astoria Transit Ctr - 900 Marine Dr

  • Gearhart Bowl & Fultano's Pizza

  • Seaside Cinema Empire Transit Stop

  • 1170 South Hemlock St

  • Seaside Lodge & International Hostel

Where does the bus arrive in Salem?

Main arrival station: 500 13th St SE

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Salem.

All bus stations in Salem:

  • 500 13th St SE

  • Chemeketa & Liberty

Need a return trip from Salem to Portland?

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