Getting to Portland with your bike may have just gotten cheaper. New bus service BoltBus boasts fares starting at a dollar (plus a dollar transaction fee, of course) for direct service from King Street Station to Portland (647 SW Salmon Street). Otherwise, tickets could be in the neighborhood of $6-15, still half the price of a ticket on the Amtrak Cascades train.
Most promising, bikes count as “oversize items” and can be brought along at no additional charge so long as space is available. No need to box it up or anything. It simply counts as your allotted piece of large luggage (you can carry two more bags with you).
Can I take a bicycle or golf bag?
We do allow them and consider them to be oversize items as long as space is available in the baggage area. The oversize item will count as your one bag allowed under the coach. You’ll be responsible for placing the item in the baggage bin. We will not charge you an additional fee for oversized item provided it is within your limit of one bag under the coach. BOLTBUS is not responsible for damage to oversize items or items that are not placed in normal luggage or a carrying case.
As a service launch promotion all tickets from May 18-20 are $1, but they seem to be going fast. There are four trips per day (8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.) and the trip is estimated to take three and a half hours.
BoltBus is operated by Grayhound and originally started in the northeast, where it serves several cities. This is the company’s first west coast route.
What are your thoughts on the BoltBus idea? Will you be using it?