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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Head to downtown Blaine and catch the 70X Bellingham/WWU at 7:51 a.m. Arrive in Bellingham at 8:41 a.m.
- 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.
- KILL SIX HOURS IN MT. VERNON!
- Hop on the 90X County Connector – Everett Express bus at 4:15 p.m. and arrive at Everett Station at 5:00 p.m.
- Take the 510 Everett – Seattle bus at 5:20 p.m. and get off in downtown Seattle at 6:10 p.m.
- Have dinner at the Space Needle!
Hmm… I don’t think I’ll be going to Seattle this way…