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There are 5 intercity buses per day from Seattle to Salem. Traveling by bus from Seattle to Salem usually takes around 6 hours and 39 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 5 minutes.
|Distance||187 mi (301 km)|
|Shortest duration||5h 5m|
|Trips per day||3|
|Most frequent service||FlixBus US|
How much is a bus ticket from Seattle to Salem?
Bus tickets for a trip from Seattle to Salem cost $31.71 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.
Average prices by travel date
If you're planning to travel by bus from Seattle to Salem in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $30 to $74. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on December 12, 2023.
If you’re looking to travel to Salem this week, bus tickets are available starting at $31.
Monthly average prices
Prices as travel date approaches
The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 29 days in advance to save $26.79 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.
What bus companies travel from Seattle to Salem?
There are two bus lines that have daily service from Seattle to Salem that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 5 scheduled trips per day.
FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 5 trips per day from Seattle to Salem, and the average ticket for this route costs only .
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 1 bus trips from Seattle to Salem every day, with the average journey taking around 8 hours and 6 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Salem usually start from $30.
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The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 39 minutes to cover the 187 miles from Seattle to Salem. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 5 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.
Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.
The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 2:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Seattle to Salem, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Seattle to Salem every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 3 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.
Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Seattle to Salem; ticket prices start at $30.00.
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. These offerings and more make Seattle one of the best vacation destination in Washington.
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.
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Salem is the capital of Oregon and one of the state's best vacation destinations. Nestled in the Willamette Valley, the city is rich with outdoor activities, diverse cuisine, and sites reflecting Oregon's history.
The Deepwood Estate, a mansion built in 1893, runs tours that share early Salem history. Explore the surrounding gardens at Deepwood or walk the many paths in Bush's Pasture Park to discover their lush plant life. The Willamette River that runs through Salem is a gorgeous spot to fish, kayak, or board the historic Willamette Queen steamboat for a dinner cruise.
Salem's charming downtown overflows with local coffee shops, cafés, and restaurants serving fresh fare and the best wines from the Willamette Valley. The Saturday Farmers Market near the state capitol serves up fresh produce alongside live music and food trucks.
Many bus services operate in Salem, including Jefferson Lines, FlixBus, Shuttle Oregon, and the Amtrak Thruway. Amtrak's Coast Starlight line also stops in Salem, heading to LA and Seattle, as well as the Cascades, going to Vancouver and Eugene, Oregon.
Where does the bus leave from in Seattle?
Main departure station: Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way
Buses to Salem leave from 3 stations in Seattle.
All bus stations in Seattle:
Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way
622 S Lane St & 6th Ave S
U of Washington (Condon Hall)
Where does the bus arrive in Salem?
Main arrival station: Chemeketa & Liberty
These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Salem.
All bus stations in Salem:
Chemeketa & Liberty
500 13th St SE
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