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Journey Information

Salem to Portland bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$10.00
Shortest Duration1h 0m
Trips per day4
Bus lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

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

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Salem to Portland?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $12.68 was the low point for bus fares from Salem to Portland. Buses from Portland to Salem are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $12.68 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 4 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $5.04 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 1 hour 11 minutes to cover the 44 miles (70 kilometers) from Salem, OR to Portland, OR. However, the fastest bus only takes 1 hour, You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short trip.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Because many passengers travel from Salem 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, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Salem?

The first bus leaves at 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 3:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Salem to Portland, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Salem to Portland 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 Oregon without transferring.

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

What bus companies travel from Salem to Portland?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Salem, Oregon to Portland, Oregon. Of these two services, Amtrak Thruway usually offers more choice, with 3 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway31h 12m$13.43
Greyhound11h 0m$13.71

Where does the bus leave from in Salem?

Most buses depart from the main station in Salem, Oregon:

  • 500 13th St SE

Where does the bus arrive in Portland?

All buses from Salem arrive at one main station in Portland, Oregon:

  • Union Station - 800 NW 6th Ave

Price trends for buses from Salem to Portland

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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Salem, OR to Portland, OR
Based on 3 ratings and reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
December 15, 2019Visiting family
It was way cheaper and more convenient than ubering the entire way to the airport which I appreciated
Let them know that the busses come fifteen minutes before departure and that they don't have to check in or anything, so they don't have to show up terribly early like I thought.
August 11, 2019Visiting friends
AC was crazy cold even with vents closed! My nose was frozen and face numb, No Good!

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