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Seattle - Tacoma Bus Schedule

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Other ways to get from Seattle to Tacoma

There are usually 6 daily train trips available from Seattle to Tacoma.

Bus
Train
Avg. Price
Avg. Price
$14.48
Avg. Price
$16.86
Daily Trips
Daily Trips
9
Daily Trips
6
Duration
Duration
1h 10m
Duration
0h 45m
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Journey Information

There are 10 intercity buses per day from Seattle to Tacoma. Traveling by bus from Seattle to Tacoma usually takes around one hour and 11 minutes, but the fastest Northwestern Stage Lines bus can make the trip in 45 minutes.

Distance25 mi (40 km)
Shortest duration0h 45m
Cheapest price$9.99
Trips per day10
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

How much is a bus ticket from Seattle to Tacoma?

Bus tickets for a trip from Seattle to Tacoma cost $12.57 on average. This is an excellent value for the 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

$30$20$10JulJul

If you're planning to travel by bus from Seattle to Tacoma in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $12 to $16. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on July 31, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Tacoma this week, bus tickets are available starting at $13.

Monthly avg. prices

$25$20$15$10$5ASONDJFMAMJJ
Bus tickets from Seattle to Tacoma are at their cheapest average price in July. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around $11. On the other hand, traveling on this route during September might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for September trips cost $15, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches

$25$20$15$10$53020100

To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 29 days in advance to save up to $0.51.

What bus companies travel from Seattle to Tacoma?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Seattle to Tacoma that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 6 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US61h 21m$10.43
Northwestern Stage Lines40h 53m$21.51
  • 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 Tacoma, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Book Northwestern Stage Lines from Seattle to Tacoma from $19. There are 4 trips per day offered by Northwestern Stage Lines from Seattle to Tacoma and you can expect on average to pay for a Northwestern Stage Lines ticket to Tacoma. In Seattle, Northwestern Stage Lines departs to Tacoma from Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way and one other station. In Tacoma, Northwestern Stage Lines arrives at Tacoma Bus Station .

    An average trip on Northwestern Stage Lines from Seattle to Tacoma takes 0 hours and 53 minutes , while the fastest available Northwestern Stage Lines trip will get you to Tacoma in 0 hours and 45 minutes .

    On weekends, Northwestern Stage Lines offers 4 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Tacoma.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of one hour and 11 minutes to cover the 25 miles from Seattle to Tacoma. However, the fastest bus only takes 45 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus 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.

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Tacoma at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, 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 3:00am and the last bus leaves at 6:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Seattle to Tacoma, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 10 scheduled buses that travel from Seattle to Tacoma every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Seattle to Tacoma without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Seattle to Tacoma; ticket prices start at $13.00.

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.

Tacoma

Tacoma has seen some hard times in recent years, but the city is receiving many new revival attempts, turning it into a charming town with its own unique attractions. For those interested in the history of the city, as well as the creativity of its residents, head towards the Museum District, which houses numerous interesting museums such as the Tacoma Art Museum and the Washington State History Museum. While in the area, don’t miss out on the chance to marvel at the architectural ingenuity of the Bridge of Glass. If you wish to enjoy a bit of outdoor air, diving into the cold water of American Lake in Lakewood in the morning is bound to make you happy.

Seafood has always been among Tacoma’s finest offerings, and the best place to enjoy these dishes is Duke’s Chowder House, which features a bay view. For a more exquisite taste, head over to Indochine, a pan-Asian restaurant featuring mouth watering dishes.

The main bus station and the Amtrak train station in Tacoma are both near downtown, just a few blocks from each other. Tacoma is served by Amtrak’s Cascades and Coast Starlight lines. The city’s main airport is Seattle–Tacoma International and it sits 22 miles north of the city.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Seattle?

Main departure station: Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way

Buses to Tacoma leave from 4 stations in Seattle.

All bus stations in Seattle:

  • Bus Terminal - 503 S Royal Brougham Way

  • U of Washington (Condon Hall)

  • 622 S Lane St & 6th Ave S

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

Where does the bus arrive in Tacoma?

Main arrival station: 2499 E G St & Puyallup Ave

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

All bus stations in Tacoma:

  • 2499 E G St & Puyallup Ave

  • Tacoma Bus Station

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