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Journey Information

There are 7 intercity buses per day from Portland to Seattle. Traveling by bus from Portland to Seattle usually takes around 3 hours and 54 minutes, but the fastest OurBus bus can make the trip in 3 hours,

Distance145 mi (233 km)
Shortest duration3h 0m
Cheapest price$12.00
Trips per day7
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Portland, OR to Seattle, WA

(Based on 32 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Christina

February 5, 2020- Vacation

BoltBus

Pros: The bus was perfect for what we needed, the seats had good space and there was a bathroom if needed. Cons: The bus could have been a little cleaner, and the driver was a little short but that might have just been his job. Tips: Make sure to check the outlet befor...

Pros: The bus was perfect for what we needed, the seats had good space and there was a bathroom if needed. Cons: The bus could have been a little cleaner, and the driver was a little short but that might have just been his job. Tips: Make sure to check the outlet before you pick a seat if you plan on charging phones or anything.

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5.0

Noriko

October 17, 2019- Solo travel

BoltBus

Pros: It was a super bargain. It cost me $1.00.... Cons: On the way to Seattle, it was raining and the ceiling window was slightly open so we had some rain falling on the bus.

Pros: It was a super bargain. It cost me $1.00.... Cons: On the way to Seattle, it was raining and the ceiling window was slightly open so we had some rain falling on the bus.

4.0

Judy

October 15, 2019- Visiting friends

BoltBus

Pros: Fast and not expensive. Good value. Cons: Bathroom very smelly. Tips: Remember you wIll wIt on the street There is no building which was a surprise to this first time rider.

Pros: Fast and not expensive. Good value. Cons: Bathroom very smelly. Tips: Remember you wIll wIt on the street There is no building which was a surprise to this first time rider.

4.0

Stephen

October 9, 2019- Visiting friends

BoltBus

Pros: Quick. Arrived early. Cons: My seat wasn't in good shape.

Pros: Quick. Arrived early. Cons: My seat wasn't in good shape.

5.0

Sneha

October 5, 2019- Visiting friends

BoltBus

Pros: The bus arrived on time and departed as scheduled. Cons: The staff interaction could have been improved. Travelers were new to the town and the staff didn’t announce the stops. When asked in person he seemed to be busy working on some other tracking things. One l...

Pros: The bus arrived on time and departed as scheduled. Cons: The staff interaction could have been improved. Travelers were new to the town and the staff didn’t announce the stops. When asked in person he seemed to be busy working on some other tracking things. One lady needed help with her check in , staff didn’t guide her well.

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Portland to Seattle Route Map

Portland Seattle

How much is a bus ticket from Portland to Seattle?

$14.92 is the average price of a bus ticket from Portland to Seattle. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Portland to Seattle is expected to range from $16 to $22. If you are looking to travel to Seattle within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $16. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $16 and can be found on October 15, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in September. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $19 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Portland to Seattle in March, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $25 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

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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 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $8.20 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Portland to Seattle?

There are 3 bus lines from Portland to Seattle. With 5 daily trips, FlixBus US 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
FlixBus US53h 45m$15.71
Greyhound34h 28m$23.09
OurBus23h 10m$12.00
  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    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 3 bus trips from Portland to Seattle every day, with the average journey taking around 4 hours and 28 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Seattle usually start from $22.

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  • OurBus

    OurBus

    OurBus is an intercity bus company based in New York City. OurBus provides cheap bus tickets to some of the most popular cities in the United States. All OurBus coaches come equipped with a generous roster of amenities, including extra legroom, freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and complimentary bottled water. With cheap bus tickets starting from $12, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from Portland to Seattle if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

Frequently Asked Questions

What bus companies go from Portland to Seattle?

Two bus companies provide routes between Portland to Seattle: BoltBus and Greyhound.

BoltBus offers 7 daily schedules, with an average travel time of 3 hours and 26 minutes. Tickets on BoltBus average about $22.

Greyhound offers 6 daily schedules, with an average travel time of 4 hours and 55 minutes. Tickets on Greyhound average about $23.

What is the best way to travel to Seattle from Portland?

Traveling by bus is the cheapest way to get from Portland to Seattle, with tickets averaging about $20. (Amtrak tickets for this route)[/train/us-or/portland/us-wa/seattle/] cost about $28, so you’ll have to pay a little bit more. Travel time is pretty comparable between the two, with each taking around 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get to Seattle from Portland, with nonstop trips taking less than an hour. However, tickets typically start at more than $115, so you can expect to pay far more than bus and train alternatives.

Is it more expensive to visit Seattle or Portland?

Overall, it is more expensive to visit Seattle. Seattle is a bigger city with more tourist attractions, meaning the prices are generally higher. That said, many of Seattle’s sites, such as the Space Needle and the Museum of Pop Culture, are worth the extra cost. In Portland, costs for entertainment, food and drinks are slightly cheaper.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Portland 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.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

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?

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 54 minutes to cover the 145 miles from Portland to Seattle. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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 Seattle. 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 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Portland to Seattle, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 7 scheduled buses that travel from Portland to Seattle 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 Oregon to Washington without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Portland to Seattle; ticket prices start at $27.00.

City Information

Portland

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Portland is the largest city in Oregon and one of the key travel hubs in the Pacific Northwest. 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.

Seattle

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.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Portland?

Departure stations

Buses to Seattle leave from 3 stations in Portland.

Bus stations in Portland:

  • Union Station

  • Lloyd Center

Where does the bus arrive in Seattle?

Arrival stations

Buses arrive in Seattle at 5 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Seattle:

  • 622 S Lane St & 6th Ave S

  • U of Washington (Condon Hall)

  • Space Needle (Broad St & 5th Ave)

  • Adjacent to 600 5th Ave S

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