User reviews from travelers who booked a bus ticket from Portland to Seattle
Ratings and Reviews (30)
An otherwise fine experience was extremely tainted by the bus breaking down on the way to Seattle. We had to wait about 45 minutes for a different bus to pick us up, eventually dropping us at the depot where we boarded a third bus, eventually getting to our final destination.
Our bus was late as a result of a major crash on I-5. Our driver did well adjusting to the two additional hours of drive time.
Our bus is in need of significant repairs: multiple outlets were removed/covered, so were not available for charging phones/laptops AND numerous seat covers were torn. It is fortunate that our bus was only half-full so riders were able to choose their seats accordingly.
Great to have an electrical outlet at my seat. Driver was very knowledgeable about our trip and BoltBus scheduling, and she was really friendly and helpful. Drove bus at appropriate speeds throughout the trip.
First, there is no sign at the bus stop confirming that this is where the bus collection point is. The only thing that let us know that the stop was the right place was other people also waiting there - it was just a random street in the city. Second, it would be nice for the bus driver to give updates on how far/how long it will take to get to the location, e.g. in Tacoma, it would have been good for the driver to say "estimated X minutes to Seattle". Third, the internet did not work at all. Fourth, the bus was really late picking us up and getting to the final destination.
My seat was torn and broken and there was a metal thing sticking into my backside. The bus (and A/C) was not turned on for the 20-30 minutes we waited before departing so it was hot and humid. Bus driver announced upon departure that he would be dropping off at different location than expected, but couldn't catch the location so had to wait until arrival to plan my transportation to my final destination. I had to load my luggage on to the bus but then someone must have moved it to a different location afterwards, so I panicked at first that my luggage had been stolen before realizing it had just been moved. Wifi was unreliable and slow. But I made it to my destination safely.
Driver did an excellent and compassionate job of dealing with several passengers who had various difficulties and misunderstandings about their tickets. Because he did everything so cheerfully and tactfully, the trip started only 15 minutes late, despite all these challenges, and everyone was treated respectfully. The driver is to be highly commended!
Was supposed to leave Portland at 11:30am, and we did not leave until 12:20pm. We made good time but were still 20 minutes late to Seattle (supposed to arrive at 3pm) which made me miss the 3:20pm ferry to Bainbridge. My itinerary heavily depended on arriving in Seattle at 3pm, and it was an inconvenience having to wait an extra hour for a bus home in Poulsbo because the bolt bus was late arriving, and departing from Portland.
The bus arrived right at the departure time instead of 15 minutes early, and then we had to immediately get off because the bus had technical issues. We then had to wait an hour in the freezing weather. It would be great if the equipment checks/ safety protocols could happen before the bus leaves the depot.
Frequently asked questions for your trip Portland - Seattle
How much does a bus ticket from Portland to Seattle cost?
The average bus ticket price from Portland to Seattle is $20. The best way to find cheap bus tickets from Portland to Seattle is to book your tickets as early as possible. Prices tend to rise as your travel date approaches, so book in advance to secure the best prices!
How long is the bus ride from Portland to Seattle?
The average travel time between Portland and Seattle is around 3h 50m, although the fastest bus will take about 2h 50m.This is the time it takes to travel the 145 miles that separates the two cities.
How many daily bus connections are there between Portland and Seattle?
The number of buses from Portland to Seattle can differ depending on the day of the week. On average, there are 10 on this route. Some buses run direct routes, while others have layovers. Simplify your bus trip from Portland to Seattle by comparing and selecting the bus that fits you travel style and budget on Busbud.
Which bus companies travel from Portland to Seattle?
When taking the bus from Portland to Seattle, you can travel comfortably and safely with Amtrak, FlixBus, OurBus.
What are the departure and arrival stations when taking the bus from Portland to Seattle?
Buses traveling between Portland and Seattle leave from Union Station or Lloyd Center and arrive at Greyhound Station, Washington State Convention Center, SEA Airport.
What are the best sights and things to do in Seattle?
Once in Seattle, you can start exploring the city and discover its surroundings. The top sights and things to do are Seattle Aquarium, Pacific Science Center, Space Needle, Family Fun Center & Bullwinkle's Restaurant, Woodland Park Zoo.
Best time to book your trip
Price is for a one-way ticket for one passenger and based on past departures.
Days before departure
Buddy tip: The best time to book this trip is usually 15 days before departure.
The average bus ticket from Portland to Seattle costs around $22 for departures 15 days prior.
Over the last 90 days, ticket prices from Portland to Seattle vary and during peak season, ticket prices are around $48 while at other times, you can expect to pay around $18.
Usually GLI will charge you higher prices for tickets closer to the departure date. To find the best prices, you should be flexible on your date of travel.
To save money and be sure you have the best seat, it's a good idea to buy your bus tickets from Portland to Seattle, as early as possible. The best time to find and book cheap bus tickets is to book at least 15 days in advance.
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