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Seattle to San Francisco bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$86.00
Shortest Duration20h 50m
Trips per day14
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Frequently Asked Questions

How far is it from Seattle to San Francisco?

The drive from Seattle to San Francisco covers 807 miles through the southern half of Washington, Oregon, and the northern half of California. A bus trip between Seattle and San Francisco takes around 21 hours.

What’s the best way to travel from Seattle to San Francisco?

The best way to travel from Seattle to San Francisco depends on your budget and schedule. If cost is your primary concern, the best way to travel from Seattle to San Francisco is by bus. Bus tickets can easily be found for $86, but a train trip (which takes just as long as the bus) might cost $111, even if booked a month ahead of your trip.

What are the best places to stay in San Francisco?

San Francisco is made up of a number of great neighborhoods, all with their own draws for visitors. Union Square is a great central location and puts you in walking distance of some terrific shopping options, nightlife, museums and Oracle Park. It’s also easy to catch public transportation from Union Square to other San Francisco neighborhoods, like Nob Hill and Chinatown. Union Square also offers hotels at a range of prices, so it’s a popular spot with first-time visitors. Fisherman’s Wharf is another popular district for tourists, especially those with families. The area boasts the Maritime Museum, Madame Tussauds, and more — including tours to nearby Alcatraz Island. Other popular neighborhoods include North Beach, also known as the Little Italy of San Francisco; Nob Hill for a sense of luxury dating back to the Gold Rush–era (although this luxury often comes with a higher hotel cost); The Mission, which often has better weather than the rest of San Francisco and has a strong Latino arts scene and some reasonably priced hotels; and Haight-Ashbury, the birthplace of hippie culture in the 1960s and home to an enduring cool, alternative vibe.

How much does a bus ticket from Seattle to San Francisco cost?

Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from Seattle to San Francisco were $86.00.

The best way to find cheap bus tickets from Seattle to San Francisco is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. By booking 6 days out, tickets are on average $21.58 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

How long is the bus ride from Seattle to San Francisco?

The distance between Seattle and San Francisco is approximately 679.68 miles, or 1093.55 kilometers. The average travel time for a bus between these two cities is around 25 hours and 9 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 20 hours and 50 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 San Francisco?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Seattle to San Francisco by bus is usually on Wednesday. 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. Sunday 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 San Francisco?

On average there are 14 scheduled bus trips per day. Greyhound has the most regularly scheduled departures from Seattle to San Francisco, with an average of 14.25 trips per day and 213.75 monthly trips. One bus carrier currently travels from Seattle to San Francisco. Of the 14 trips there all of the schedules require a connection as there are no direct trips. A connection will generally require disembarking from the bus and boarding another bus to complete your trip.

Need more travel options? Train tickets from Seattle to San Francisco start at $91.00.

1 carriers offer Seattle to San Francisco bus trips

Greyhound

Book Greyhound from Seattle to San Francisco from $86.00. There are 14.25 trips per day offered by Greyhound from Seattle to San Francisco and you can expect on average to pay $92.98 for a Greyhound ticket to San Francisco. In Seattle, Greyhound departs to San Francisco from 9th Ave &spring St and 7 other stations. In San Francisco, Greyhound arrives at 425 Mission St,

An average trip on Greyhound from Seattle to San Francisco takes 25 hours and 10 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to San Francisco in 20 hours and 50 minutes,

On weekends, Greyhound offers 13.625 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $97.12 for a weekend trip to San Francisco.

Avg. Time
1d 1h 10m
Avg. Price
$92.98

Plan your next adventure

There are 8 stations you could depart from, depending on the bus line you travel with. Most bus trips to San Francisco will depart from these stations in Seattle:
  • 9th Ave &spring St
  • 325 9th St
  • 1301 Madison St
  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St
  • 1260 Cherry St
  • 702 Marion St
  • Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way
  • 1660 S Columbian Way
Buses from Seattle arrive in San Francisco at one main station:
  • 425 Mission St

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