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Old May 1, 12, 9:43 am   #1
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BoltBus starting PDX-SEA

Per the Oregonian. 4 r/t daily. While I love the Amtrak Cascades on this route, this may be an option on days when the train I need is sold out.
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Old May 1, 12, 10:33 pm   #2
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Nice to see them spreading out. Wish they would come to Texas

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Old May 2, 12, 1:08 am   #3
  
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Fares loaded, starts on 5/17. Through 5/21, looks like all fares are $1 each way (+ $1 transaction fee). $6-10 fares each way on other days. Don't think the train can match that.
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Old May 2, 12, 8:55 am   #4
  
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And SEA-Vancouver?
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Anyone use BoltBus in the SEA/PDX area to trick up better fares?
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Old May 2, 12, 2:23 pm   #6
  
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And SEA-Vancouver?
I'd love to see more options, but here are the cheapest ones:

QuickShuttle - with the Entertainment Book coupon of 50% off, you can get $48/2 = $24 round trip from downtown Vancouver to downtown Seattle.

Greyhound - advance purchase, you can get a $15 one-way ticket.

Amtrak sometimes has a 2-for-1, in which case, it would be 2 for $40 (typically), on either the bus or train.
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Old May 4, 12, 6:48 am   #7
  
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And SEA-Vancouver?
Yes on their website https://www.boltbus.com/wherewetravel.aspx it said there is SEA-Vancouver, but how to book it?

Thanks OP I just booked SEA<->Porland!
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Old May 7, 12, 1:14 am   #8
  
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You could grab 8 $1 fares and get a free Bolt Bus ticket anywhere Bolt goes. So basically it'll cost $8. I'm going to do this and eventually use it to get a Bolt Bus ticket in the northeast. Unlike mileage runs, you don't need to ride the bus back and forth to get the points.

If it were an airline offering a deal like this, we Flyertalkers would jump on it!

I wish Bolt Bus would offer similar services between cities about 200-300 miles apart. That's the sweet spot in which flying won't save much, if any time, it's a long drive, Amtrak is super-expensive or non-existant. It doesn't have the social stigma of Greyhound and can attract a better clientele. A few city pairs that would be good for this: LA-Vegas, LA-San Diego, NY-Pittsburgh, Chicago-Milwaukee, St Louis-Kansas City, Miami-Orlando, Charlotte-Atlanta
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Old May 14, 12, 4:56 pm   #9
  
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I'd love to see more options, but here are the cheapest ones:

QuickShuttle - with the Entertainment Book coupon of 50% off, you can get $48/2 = $24 round trip from downtown Vancouver to downtown Seattle.

Greyhound - advance purchase, you can get a $15 one-way ticket.

Amtrak sometimes has a 2-for-1, in which case, it would be 2 for $40 (typically), on either the bus or train.
Yep, Boltbus is bookable 4x daily in June now.

Pretty crazy with now:
4x Cantrail $40 (also sold as Amtrak bus)
8x QuickShuttle $43
5x Greyhound $14 and up
2x Amtrak $38
4x Bolt $1 and up

I wonder if Cantrail and QuickShuttle can make it just on their airport service. I guess we'll see.
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Old May 14, 12, 5:00 pm   #10
  
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Anyone use BoltBus in the SEA/PDX area to trick up better fares?


Not sure what you mean by this...
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Old May 14, 12, 5:08 pm   #11
  
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I wish Bolt Bus would offer similar services between cities about 200-300 miles apart. That's the sweet spot in which flying won't save much, if any time, it's a long drive, Amtrak is super-expensive or non-existant. It doesn't have the social stigma of Greyhound and can attract a better clientele. A few city pairs that would be good for this: LA-Vegas, LA-San Diego, NY-Pittsburgh, Chicago-Milwaukee, St Louis-Kansas City, Miami-Orlando, Charlotte-Atlanta
Interestingly megabus has tried go get in on these. Since they have a pretty similar business model it seems like they're not all that viable:
LA-Vegas megabus gave it up. There are dragon buses, though.
LA-San Diego megabus gave it up but its run by the Mexican-American $1 bus Curcero.
NY-Pittsburg megabus is still on it and has a hub in Pittsburg
Chicago-Milwaukee service used to be frequent but now its only as part of Chicago - Minneapolis runs a couple times daily.
St Louis - Kansas City was never frequent but is still run by megabus.
Miami - Orlando there's Argentinia-American RedCoach
Charlotte - Atlanta megabus recently started
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Old May 14, 12, 5:10 pm   #12
  
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Not sure what you mean by this...
This, using the Boltbus loyalty program:

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You could grab 8 $1 fares and get a free Bolt Bus ticket anywhere Bolt goes. So basically it'll cost $8. I'm going to do this and eventually use it to get a Bolt Bus ticket in the northeast. Unlike mileage runs, you don't need to ride the bus back and forth to get the points.
Its a milage running site after all!
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