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Seattle - Bellingham Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 8 intercity buses per day from Seattle to Bellingham. Traveling by bus from Seattle to Bellingham usually takes around 2 hours and 28 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in just one hour and 30 minutes.

Distance79 mi (128 km)
Shortest duration1h 30m
Cheapest price$18.99
Trips per day7
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Seattle to Bellingham

(Based on 15 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Sharon

October 1, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Thruway

The Driver was very helpful and had a great Personality

5.0

Mark

September 2, 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: Quick and easy. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Awesome ride.

5.0

JULIE

August 20, 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: I have taken Greyhound before and it was not pretty at times with the people and the cleanliness. This bus was so clean and, my son and I felt safe and it was an all-around great experience. I will definitely ride this bus again. Cons: We would love cup holders :). Tips: This was such a great experience. if you want to get to your destination in good timing and with no driving stress this is an excellent option.

5.0

Mark

July 8, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: Quick and easy, I fell asleep. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Just book ahead of time.

4.0

Ulrike

June 28, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Thruway

Cons: The bus was 45 minutes late. Although no big problem for me, some people missed their connection to a bus to Anacortes and the ferry to Orcas Island. Tips: Expect delays since the bus has to wait for passengers coming in by train.

How much is a bus ticket from Seattle to Bellingham?

Bus tickets for a trip from Seattle to Bellingham cost $28.13 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

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If you're planning to travel by bus from Seattle to Bellingham in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $28 to $47. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on May 22, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Bellingham this week, bus tickets are available starting at $28.

Monthly average prices

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Taking the bus from Seattle to Bellingham is usually cheapest in April, when the average ticket price is only $29. If you're planning to take the bus from Seattle to Bellingham during November, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $36. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 29 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $2.92 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Seattle to Bellingham?

There are 3 bus lines from Seattle to Bellingham available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 6 daily trips, FlixBus US usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway26h 51m$60.74
FlixBus US61h 52m$30.58
Greyhound12h 6m$28.06
  • Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities. Amtrak Thruway bus tickets from Seattle to Bellingham start at $19. On average, there are 2 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every 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 6 trips per day from Seattle to Bellingham, 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 Bellingham every day, with the average journey taking around 2 hours and 6 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Bellingham usually start from $19.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bellingham is a little more than 100 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport via I-5N. From the SeaTac airport, take the Link light rail downtown where you can catch a variety of different buses to Bellingham, including BoltBus, Greyhound and Amtrak Thruway. The bus ride takes an average of 2 hours.

There are 3 different bus companies that provide 23 trips per day on this route, 10 of which are direct:

On BoltBus, the average price for a bus from Seattle to Bellingham is around $14.00, with 5 trips offered per day. The average travel time is 2 hours and 2 minutes.

On Greyhound, the average price for a bus ride from Seattle to Bellingham is around $18.00, with 15 trips offered per day. The average travel time is 4 hours and 1 minute.

On Amtrak Thruway, the average price for a bus ride from Seattle to Bellingham is around $24.00, with only 1 trip per day. The average travel time is 2 hours.

Although both cities are located along the shores of the Puget Sound, unfortunately, there is not a ferry that travels from Seattle to Bellingham. Instead, your best bet is to travel by bus, tickets for which are as cheap as $11.

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 28 minutes to cover the 79 miles from Seattle to Bellingham. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 30 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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.

Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Bellingham, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Seattle to Bellingham, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 8 scheduled buses that travel from Seattle to Bellingham every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 7 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 Bellingham; ticket prices start at $18.00.

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. 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.

Bellingham

Bellingham, WA, US - BLH-0

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Bellingham is a scenic coastal city nestled between Mount Baker and the Puget Sound in Washington State. Its waterfront port is the launch point for fishing trips, leisure boating, and cruises to Alaska — a convenient starting point, since the city is only 25 miles south of the Canadian border. Sprawling Whatcom Falls Park showcases the best of the Northwest's natural forested beauty, one of the features that make Bellingham a top Washington destination. Plus, it's only a short drive to the #1 most instagrammable National Park, North Cascades National Park.

Kiddos will light up when they visit the SPARK Museum of Electrical Inventions, home to hands-on science exhibits and live demonstrations. If you're traveling without kids, prepare to hit up Bellingham's brewery scene. Bars, wineries, cideries, and more fine establishments offer quality drinks at prices that still lure students from local Western Washington University. Find some of the best restaurants and shops in the Fairhaven Historic District, distinctive for its Victorian architecture and views over Bellingham Bay.

FlixBus, Quick Shuttle, and Amtrak Thruway buses connect Bellingham to major cities in the Northwest like Seattle. Ambitious travelers can even travel to Bellingham by bus from Minneapolis! Bellingham's proximity to Canada makes it easy to travel to Vancouver, BC via bus or train on the Amtrak Cascades. Several airlines fly into Bellingham International Airport, but Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is only about 2 hours away if you need to catch a flight to farther destinations.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Seattle?

Main departure station: 622 S Lane St & 6th Ave S

Buses to Bellingham leave from 5 stations in Seattle.

All bus stations in Seattle:

  • 622 S Lane St & 6th Ave S

  • U of Washington (Condon Hall)

  • Pacific Central Station

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way

Where does the bus arrive in Bellingham?

Main arrival station: 800 Lincoln St

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Bellingham.

All bus stations in Bellingham:

  • 800 Lincoln St

  • 401 Harris Ave

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