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Cheapest price$1.00
Shortest Duration3h 15m
Trips per day50
bus carriers4
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Seattle to Vancouver
4.5
Based on 79 reviews

Based on 35 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with BoltBus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 73 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.7
Staff
4.3
Value
4.0
Condition
4.1
Poliana Sofia
4.0
January 29, 2020Solo travel
Cons
There was no internet connection in the bus. I followed all the instructions for connecting but didn't work
Tips
In Seattle there is just a bus station for Bolt Bus, no big sign. All people were kind of lost looking for the right place where to wait.
Evangel
5.0
January 1, 2020Vacation
Cons
Wifi on the bus is very weak.
Mei Rong
4.0
December 9, 2019Visiting family
Cons
Very good, only my seat cover was torn
Devansh
5.0
December 6, 2019Solo travel
Pros
I took the morning 6:50 am bus to Vancouver. The bus arrived at the stop at 6:37 am. On time departure from Seattle 5th Ave S location. The boltbus board marking on the stop is pretty small, although google maps will take you at the correct location. There were two sto...More
Cons
More and/or bigger boltbus markings at the Seattle stop
Catherina
4.0
November 23, 2019Vacation
Pros
Smooth journey and punctual in departure and arrival.
Cons
Wi-fi didn't seem to be working at all.
Tips
Worth trying Bus Bolt if you haven't previously.

Based on 26 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Quick Shuttle report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 71 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.9
Staff
4.4
Value
3.4
Condition
4.4
Katherine
5.0
December 24, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
The driver was very lovely to interact with and I was glad I could purchase a ticket online last minute as a late flight made me miss my original bus.
Cons
I couldn’t work out how to book through the Quick Shuttle website so booked through Wanderu which was very easy.
Tips
Bring a long cable if you intend to charge a device as the ports are located above your head.
Ihsan
5.0
December 4, 2019Solo travel
Pros
Our friendly driver. Unfortunately for quick shuttle, there were only three four passengers but schedule was kept which I appreciated.
Cons
I like this service a lot. Very convenient for me location wise and always had a quick departure after my flight.
Tips
Enjoy...
Jenny
4.0
September 9, 2019Vacation
Pros
The bus ride offered a scenic view of northern Washington, leading into Vancouver. Also, it was convenient to charge mobile devices in the bus.
Cons
Minor etiquette rules on the bus would help. During our 4 hr bus ride, a rowdy group of tourists sat directly behind and across from us. They talked loudly and distracted the driver with questions like "changing the clock from Seattle time to Vancouver time" and "the sp...More
Tips
Utilize bathroom breaks well. WiFi is unsecure and requires sign in.
Patricia
4.0
August 25, 2019Visiting family
Pros
To sit back and read.
Cons
Maybe stop passengers putting luggage on seats when bus very full as was the case on Sunday.
Yeni
5.0
August 19, 2019Vacation
Pros
Extremely friendly driver, clean bus, being early, super quick custom
Tips
There was a lady talking on the speaker phone for almost ab hour and I was a bit irritated. I thought it is common sense not to do such thing? Regardless, this doesn’t have much to do with Quick Shuttle.

Based on 11 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.7
Staff
4.5
Value
3.5
Condition
4.1
Haynam
5.0
February 1, 2020Visiting friends
Pros
Friendly staff, comfy seats.
Cons
Sockets behind seats are loose so chargers fall off within minutes.
Joachim
5.0
December 30, 2019Couples trip
Pros
The driver was very organized and advised everyone to have everything ready to ensure smooth border crossing.
Cons
The seat was very uncomfortable as it was inclined in a certain angle and could not be adjusted. Virtually no legroom - worse than inflight.
Christopher
5.0
December 17, 2019Vacation
Pros
Very smooth and streamlined
Akm
4.0
December 15, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Left the bus station on time and arrived 25 minutes earlier than the estimated time.
Cons
Customer Service at the Greyhound bus counter in Seattle. Need smiling face from the Ticketing/Customer service Agent, not the attitude. People from all walks of life and from all over the world come to visit Seattle and take the bus to Vancouver. They don't know every...More
Rosanna
5.0
October 17, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Comfortable
Cons
Have strong wifi

Based on 7 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.1
Staff
4.7
Value
3.4
Condition
4.7
Aideen
5.0
August 28, 2019Visiting family
Pros
We were delighted to find this bus as we needed to get to Vancouver quickly and all greyhounds were full and few trains . The station was lovely and the bus trip fine as there was a lot of traffic .
Cons
USB charging ports would be good ! I don’t think there was wi fi .
Tips
A better choice than greyhound I think , more expensive but a lovely station and a very pleasant ride .
Ruth
5.0
August 5, 2019Solo travel
Pros
I was late and the bus was pulling out of the station when I arrived. I flagged down the driver and he was kind enough to stop and let me on. The driver was very friendly and kind.
Cons
I don’t usually use wifi but it’s always a good option to have. There was none in this bus.
Christina
5.0
July 22, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
No stress.
Tips
Will recommend taking the bus rather than driving to Seattle.
Luong
5.0
May 24, 2019Visiting family
Pros
A good trip
Tips
Wanderu is a good choice
Teresa
4.0
May 24, 2019Vacation
Pros
scenery was beautiful
Cons
customs took way too long ...had to carry in all our luggage, and they never looked at it! wifi would have been nice, or even just charging outlets

Frequent questions about traveling by bus from Seattle to Vancouver.

How is the bus versus the train for this route?

The bus and the train take roughly the same amount of time to get from Seattle to Vancouver BC: 3 to 4.5 hours. Traveling by bus is a better overall deal, however, with tickets costing as low as $1, while the train costs a minimum of $35.

Do you need your passport on the bus from Seattle to Vancouver, Canada?

You must have your passport when traveling between Seattle and Vancouver. Alternatively, you can carry another valid proof of citizenship, such as a Trusted Traveler Program Card, an Enhanced Identity Card or an Enhanced Driver’s License. All passengers must present valid ID before boarding the bus. Crossing the Canada–US border without a valid ID is not allowed.

When your bus arrives at the border, you must get off and subject your belongings to a security screening. Unclaimed items will be removed by customs officials at that time.

Is Seattle to Vancouver a good day trip?

Traveling from Seattle to Vancouver and back is a pretty reasonable day-trip. The bus ride averages between 3 and 4.5 hours, so leaving early in the morning ensures you a relatively full day of activities in Vancouver. Avoid traveling on Sunday, as it is the busiest day to travel this route, and instead plan a Thursday or Friday trip if possible, since those days are the least busy. If you depart at 8 a.m. from Seattle, you can expect to spend about 7-8 hours in Vancouver BC before having to board a bus home if you want to return by 11 p.m.

How much does a bus ticket from Seattle to Vancouver cost?

Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from Seattle to Vancouver were $30.48.

The best way to find cheap bus tickets from Seattle to Vancouver is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. By booking 10 days out, tickets are on average $0.53 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

How long is the bus ride from Seattle to Vancouver?

The distance between Seattle and Vancouver is approximately 121.41 miles, or 195.34 kilometers. The average travel time for a bus between these two cities is around 4 hours and 15 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most buses are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your bus has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest time to travel by bus from Seattle to Vancouver?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Seattle to Vancouver by bus is usually on Friday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out and you may find buses more full than usual. Monday tends to be when the fewest number of bus tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, buses departing at this time are the least likely to be crowded.

What bus companies travel from Seattle to Vancouver?

On average there are 50 scheduled bus trips per day. Quick Shuttle has the most regularly scheduled departures from Seattle to Vancouver, with an average of 23 trips per day and 471 monthly trips. 4 bus carriers serve the route from Seattle to Vancouver. Of the 50 trips there are 36 trips that are direct connections to Vancouver.

Need more travel options? Train tickets from Seattle to Vancouver start at $34.00. To compare all possible modes of travel, check out our guide on how to get from Seattle to Vancouver.

4 carriers offer Seattle to Vancouver bus trips

BoltBus

Book BoltBus from Seattle to Vancouver from $1.00. There are 7 trips per day offered by BoltBus from Seattle to Vancouver and you can expect on average to pay $23.14 for a BoltBus ticket to Vancouver. In Seattle, BoltBus departs to Vancouver from 5th Ave S and S Dearborn St and one other station. In Vancouver, BoltBus arrives at Pacific Central Station - 1150 Station St,

An average trip on BoltBus from Seattle to Vancouver takes 4 hours and 5 minutes, while the fastest available BoltBus trip will get you to Vancouver in 3 hours and 15 minutes,

On weekends, BoltBus offers 8 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $23.97 for a weekend trip to Vancouver.

Restroom
WiFi
Movies
Extra legroom
Games
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
4h 5m
Avg. Price
$23.14

Quick Shuttle

Book Quick Shuttle from Seattle to Vancouver from $43.00. There are 23 trips per day offered by Quick Shuttle from Seattle to Vancouver and you can expect on average to pay $49.94 for a Quick Shuttle ticket to Vancouver. In Seattle, Quick Shuttle departs to Vancouver from Downtown Seattle and one other station. In Vancouver, Quick Shuttle arrives at Holiday Inn on Howe and 2 other stations.

An average trip on Quick Shuttle from Seattle to Vancouver takes 4 hours and 25 minutes, while the fastest available Quick Shuttle trip will get you to Vancouver in 3 hours and 15 minutes,

On weekends, Quick Shuttle offers 24 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $50.14 for a weekend trip to Vancouver.

WiFi
Movies
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
4h 25m
Avg. Price
$49.94

Greyhound

Book Greyhound from Seattle to Vancouver from $15.00. There are 15 trips per day offered by Greyhound from Seattle to Vancouver and you can expect on average to pay $20.34 for a Greyhound ticket to Vancouver. In Seattle, Greyhound departs to Vancouver from 702 Marion St and 7 other stations. In Vancouver, Greyhound arrives at Pacific Central Station - 1150 Station St,

An average trip on Greyhound from Seattle to Vancouver takes 5 hours and 28 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Vancouver in 3 hours and 15 minutes,

On weekends, Greyhound offers 14 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $22.05 for a weekend trip to Vancouver.

Restroom
WiFi
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
5h 28m
Avg. Price
$20.34

Amtrak Thruway

Book Amtrak Thruway from Seattle to Vancouver from $45.00. There are 3 trips per day offered by Amtrak Thruway from Seattle to Vancouver and you can expect on average to pay $45.00 for a Amtrak Thruway ticket to Vancouver. In Seattle, Amtrak Thruway departs to Vancouver from King St Station - 303 S Jackson St, In Vancouver, Amtrak Thruway arrives at Pacific Central Station - 1150 Station St,

An average trip on Amtrak Thruway from Seattle to Vancouver takes 3 hours and 27 minutes, while the fastest available Amtrak Thruway trip will get you to Vancouver in 3 hours and 15 minutes,

On weekends, Amtrak Thruway offers 4 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $45.00 for a weekend trip to Vancouver.

Restroom
Loyalty rewards
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
3h 27m
Avg. Price
$45.00

Plan your next adventure

There are 11 stations you could depart from, depending on the bus line you travel with. Most bus trips to Vancouver will depart from these stations in Seattle:
  • Downtown Seattle
  • SeaTac Airport
  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St
  • Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way
  • 5th Ave S and S Dearborn St
  • 702 Marion St
  • 9th Ave &spring St
  • 1260 Cherry St
  • 325 9th St
  • 1301 Madison St
  • 1660 S Columbian Way
Buses arrive in Vancouver at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Vancouver for trips arriving from Seattle:
  • Pacific Central Station - 1150 Station St
  • Holiday Inn on Howe
  • Skytrain Station

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