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Journey Information

There are 6 intercity buses per day from Seattle to San Francisco. Traveling by bus from Seattle to San Francisco usually takes around 26 hours and 3 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 23 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance679 mi (1093 km)
Shortest duration23h 35m
Cheapest price$86.00
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
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How much is a bus ticket from Seattle to San Francisco?

$86.00 is the average price of a bus ticket from Seattle to San Francisco. While it’s on the pricier side for a bus ticket, taking the bus is still a cheaper alternative to flying. 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.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in May. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $88 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Seattle to San Francisco in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $96 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

What bus companies travel from Seattle to San Francisco?

There is one intercity bus company that operates from Seattle to San Francisco. Greyhound is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound61d 2h 3m$100.71
  • 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 6 bus trips from Seattle to San Francisco every day, with the average journey taking around 26 hours and 3 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to San Francisco usually start from $86.

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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.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Seattle to San Francisco 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 26 hours and 3 minutes to cover the 679 miles from Seattle to San Francisco. However, the fastest bus only takes 23 hours and 35 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road 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 San Francisco. 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, 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 Seattle?

The first bus leaves at 9:00am and the last bus leaves at 12:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Seattle to San Francisco, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 6 scheduled buses that travel from Seattle to San Francisco every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Seattle to San Francisco; ticket prices start at $91.00.

City Information

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.

San Francisco

Located in the heart of Northern California's Bay Area, San Francisco is a geographically small but culturally huge city known for its historic cable cars, active waterfront, and the eclectic mix of hippies and techies who call it home. While it might be one of the most expensive U.S. cities to live in, San Fran can actually be very cheap to visit, and there is no shortage of unique sights to see.

If the city's omnipresent fog (nicknamed "Karl the Fog" by locals) takes a break, the best views and Instagram photo ops of the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge are found in Golden Gate Park. Stroll through the oldest Chinatown in North America to find the perfect dim sum, or if you and your boo prefer a little Full House moment, try a romantic picnic at Alamo Square Park in front of the Victorian "Painted Ladies." After all, San Francisco is one of the best vacation destinations for couples.

Since the city is condensed onto a small peninsula, exploring by bike is an efficient and scenic way to get around. When you’re ready to travel beyond city limits, San Francisco is a convenient hub for trips throughout Northern California. It's actually the first stop on Wanderu's West Coast Wine Tour, with the next stop, obviously, in Napa Valley. Whether traveling by bus, train, or through either of the two nearby airports, San Francisco is a can't-miss destination.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Seattle?

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Departure stations

King Street Station is the main station for Amtrak train service and Greyhound bus service in Seattle, with connections to local public transit like the Link Light Rail and King County Metro at the International District/Chinatown station one block away. Located near downtown Seattle in the trendy Pioneer Square neighborhood, King Street Station opened in 1906 and continues to impress travelers with its restored Italian architecture and Venetian-style clocktower. King Street Station has on-site Amtrak staff, restrooms, and vending machines, and while there are no restaurants in the station, several nearby coffee shops and eateries make it easy to fuel up before your trip.

Where does the bus arrive in San Francisco?

Arrival stations

Behind a modern curved façade lies San Francisco’s commuter hub, the Salesforce Transit Center. This gateway to downtown San Francisco and the entire Bay Area welcomes tens of thousands of passengers every day. Finding your way around is easy thanks to more than 270 digital displays with transit information. The Salesforce Transit Center serves as a bus station for Greyhound and Amtrak Thruway buses, as well as several public transit options for convenient connections. A standout feature of the Salesforce Transit Center is a public five-acre rooftop park which gives travelers an open space to relax. Rotating food trucks, cafés, carts, and pop-up retail make this a dynamic and vibrant destination in itself.

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