Taking the city bus from Vancouver to Seattle

Nathaniel Christopher 3 Comments
Vancouver to Seattle
Vancouver to Seattle

Have you ever considered taking the city bus from Vancouver to Seattle? Not the Greyhound, car, or Amtrak but public transit. I considered it, found out it was possible.

I was curious to see how far south I could go on public transit. I was hoping there’d be a way to go all the way down to San Francisco on public transit commuter buses but I can’t seem to find a way to go further south than Olympia without hopping on an Amtrak or Greyhound.

My friend and I wanted to go down to the US border on transit for a day of fun and happiness in Blaine, Washington. But I was like “Screw Blaine, let’s go to Seattle!” She was like “Okay!” But I just looked at all the long bus trips and connections and am like “Blaine will be fine!”

Here’s what such a trip might look like:

  1. Take the SkyTrain at 5:30 in the morning and then transfer on three Surrey buses until you get to 8th Ave. and King George Highway at approximately 6:50 a.m.
  2. Walk (or bike) approximately 2 km to the US border station. I don’t know if they have a walk-through section or anything. Hopefully they are more accomodating than the McDonald’s drive thru.
    US Border Crossing
  3. Head to downtown Blaine and catch the 70X Bellingham/WWU at 7:51 a.m. Arrive in Bellingham at 8:41 a.m.
  4. Catch the 80X Mt. Vernon bus at Bellingham Station at 9:40 a.m. Arrive at Skagit Station in Mt. Vernon at 10:22 a.m.

    Mount Vernon, Washington
  6. Hop on the 90X County Connector – Everett Express bus at 4:15 p.m. and arrive at Everett Station at 5:00 p.m.
  7. Take the 510 Everett – Seattle bus at 5:20 p.m. and get off in downtown Seattle at 6:10 p.m.
  8. Have dinner at the Space Needle!

    Space Needle Restaurant
  9. Hmm… I don’t think I’ll be going to Seattle this way…

I am a resident of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, who has been blogging here for nearly 25 years. I enjoy sharing my thoughts and feelings on my own online platform. From 1998 until 2017, I worked as a journalist, and I have posted most of my articles in the 'News' section of this website.


  1. what the..whoa. easy to kill six hours..just find the nearest bar!!! But like, wasn’t there some sort of border patrol at the mile walk across the border there? I mean, a lot of people could sneak across and take your jobs!

    1. Hi, I live in Kelowna, B.C. I have been planning of crossing the border since May 14, I know the border is close the reason is husband diagnosed with terminally disease and i need to be there asap. Booked a flights twice both were cancelled. Now, thinking of crossing it by land. I am worried how far is the walk from US border for me to catch uber or taxi to the airport? Thanks!

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