Wed. Jul 6th, 2022

For those disappointed that the Amtrak Cascade train route to Vancouver, BC is delayed until at least December, there is another transportation option starting Thursday, May 26.

FlixBus, which currently offers bus trips from Bellingham south, is launching its first cross-border route north starting at $ 17.99. The Vancouver connections will provide Pacific Northwest travelers with an option and fill a void in a region that has seen the loss of many cross-border travel options since 2020, according to a news release from the company.

FlixBus’ first cross-border routes between Seattle and Vancouver will run five days a week in each direction Thursday through Monday and will also include stops in Everett and Bellingham. The bus will arrive at the Richards Street-Waterfront Station near Gastown in Vancouver around 11:30 am Buses heading south to Seattle will leave around 12:45 pm

Tickets are now available on the FlixBus website or downloaded through the FlixBus App.

Flixbus relaunched its operations in Bellingham in April, with stops south that include Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Everett, Portland, Salem and Corvallis and Eugene. The Flixbus stop in Bellingham is at Western Washington University.

Flixbus, known for its bright green buses, expanded into Bellingham in May 2021, but parts of the Pacific Northwest service were soon paused because of the COVID-19 pandemic and a shortage of drivers.

The Amtrak Cascade route, which stopped service at the beginning of the COVD-19 pandemic, is not expected to restart again until at least December because of staffing shortages.

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Dave Gallagher has covered the Whatcom County business community since 1998. Retail, real estate, jobs and port redevelopment are among the topics he covers.

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