Seattle to Vancouver - Compare Buses, Trains and Flights

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Travel from Seattle to Vancouver

There are multiple ways to get from Seattle to Vancouver besides driving yourself. The main methods are to ride a bus, take a train, or fly. Which of these ways is best for you depends on how much you value price, speed, and comfort. Here is what you need to know:

Fastest time

4h 0m

Cheapest ticket

48 $

Daily trips

1

Traveling by Amtrak train is the most comfortable way to get from Seattle to Vancouver. Fares start at about €31, with 1 train departing each day.

This route is serviced by Amtrak Cascades, one of the most scenic Amtrak routes in the country, with views of the Puget Sound visible out the window as you weave your way up to Canada.

Fastest time

3h 15m

Cheapest ticket

1 $

Daily trips

48

With ticket prices as low as €1, and 48 trips departing throughout the day, traveling by bus between Seattle and Vancouver is an easy, budget-friendly option.

Some bus carriers servicing this route — like BoltBus, Greyhound and Quick Shuttle — offer free Wi-Fi and power outlets, while you can earn Amtrak Guest Rewards points by booking through Amtrak Thruway.

Fastest time

0h 58m

Cheapest ticket

111 $

Daily trips

18

With a typical travel time of about 1 hour for nonstop flights, taking a plane is definitely the quickest way to get from Seattle to Vancouver.

However, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport suggests arriving 2 hours prior to your scheduled flight, which makes the overall travel time more comparable to bus and train — but with significantly higher prices.

Fastest time

4h 0m

Cheapest ticket

48 $

Daily trips

1

Traveling by Amtrak train is the most comfortable way to get from Seattle to Vancouver. Fares start at about €31, with 1 train departing each day.

This route is serviced by Amtrak Cascades, one of the most scenic Amtrak routes in the country, with views of the Puget Sound visible out the window as you weave your way up to Canada.

What is the best way to get from Seattle to Vancouver?

Of the 3 different ways you can travel from Seattle to Vancouver, we recommend taking a bus. Bus rides offer the perfect balance of cheap and relatively fast transit, getting you to Vancouver in 4 hours or less.

What is the fastest way to get from Seattle to Vancouver?

Taking a flight is the fastest way to get to Vancouver from Seattle. Nonstop flights have an average travel time of about 1 hour. To compare, the quickest bus on this route takes around 3 hours, and the fastest Amtrak train takes 4 hours.

What is the cheapest way to get from Seattle to Vancouver?

Traveling by bus is the cheapest way to get to Vancouver from Seattle, with tickets averaging about €33. Train travel is a little more expensive, costing around €38 per ticket. Flights are the most high-priced option, with tickets starting at €71.

How far is it from Seattle to Vancouver?

The distance between the two cities is about 121 miles, or 195 kilometers. Getting to Vancouver from Seattle can take anywhere from 1 hour to 4 hours, depending on the mode of transportation.

Do you need a passport to go from Seattle to Vancouver?

Yes, you do need a passport or other valid documentation in order to cross the U.S.–Canada border. At the airport, you will be asked to present your passport when passing through security, and again when boarding. On a train or bus, you will be asked to present your passport or other identification to border agents when you physically arrive at the border.

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