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About Amtrak Cascades

The Amtrak Cascades is a passenger train service operated by Amtrak that serves the Pacific Northwest. The train line runs between Vancouver, BC and Eugene, OR, connecting a total of 18 cities, including Seattle and Portland.

Railroads have offered train service between Portland and Seattle since 1925, and Amtrak took over passenger rail operations of the route in 1971. Amtrak is the largest passenger train service in America, and after adding the Portland to Seattle service to its national railroad network, the train carrier expanded the line north into British Columbia and further south into Oregon. In 1999, the service was renamed the Cascades after the majestic Cascade mountain range that the route parallels, with individual trains named after mountain peaks in the Northwest like Mount Rainier and Mount Hood. Although Amtrak’s Coast Starlight also offers train service from Seattle to Eugene, the Cascades is the only Amtrak train which travels into Vancouver, BC.

The Cascades runs 295 daily trips and, depending on your route and when you book your ticket, you can expect to pay between $8.28 and $171.16. While on board, you can enjoy free WiFi, power outlets, reclining seats, and you’ll be able to purchase snacks and refreshments, including regional coffee, microbrews, and wines, from Amtrak’s Café Service. The Cascades is known as one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, so don't miss the views of the Columbia River Gorge and other spectacular natural landscapes, best experienced from the Lounge Car.

Amtrak is an official Wanderu partner, which means you can search and book the cheapest available Amtrak Cascades tickets for your travels right here. Don't forget to enter your Amtrak Guest Rewards number at check-out so you can earn points to help you travel on this gorgeous line again and again.

Contact Amtrak Cascades

Phone number: US: 1 (800) 872-7245

Online support: Amtrak Cascades website

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Amtrak Cascades Amenities

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Amtrak Cascades train coverage

Daily Trips295

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Cascades

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Amtrak Cascades had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 223 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 280 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 379 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 416 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 389 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 396 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 409 reviews

Amtrak Cascades reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Cascades

(Based on 478 reviews)

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Amtrak Cascades passenger reviews



March 16, 2024- Vacation

Seattle to Vancouver

Pros: We finally arrived. Cons: Train was 5 hours late. Tips: Punctuality was extremely low.



March 4, 2024- Visiting family

Tacoma to Portland

Pros: It was just me and my daughter and we loved every min of riding on the train. I for sure am going to book through Wanderu and ride again. Cons: Nothing it was perfect for me. Tips: Just make sure you have someone drop you off if you’re planning staying somewhere over night. No overnight parking there.



January 27, 2024- Visiting friends

Vancouver to Seattle

Pros: Train ride was great and easy. Cons: Could be cleaner.



January 12, 2024- Vacation

Portland to Seattle

Pros: The annoncements on board were very clear and complete. In addition, the announcements established a friendly, relaxed and cooperative atmosphere. Very impressive. Cons: Internet service ranged from poor to non-existent. There was an apology in the announcements but nevertheless, no Internet. Tips: If you are disabled, there is a service to transport you from the station to your coach.



December 22, 2023- Visiting family

Eugene to Portland

Pros: The ability to work while traveling. I still had unfinished work that I completed. Tips: Bring your personal hotspot! RE: WIFI -- not sure if WIFI worked, I didn't get to try it. I used mine instead. Awesome way of traveling! Thank you!

Amtrak Cascades Routes & Network

Amtrak Cascades’s train network features 220 train routes that connect 18 cities serving 18 stations. On average, Amtrak Cascades performs about 295 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Cascades offers the highest number of daily train service include Vancouver and Portland.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Cascades

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Seattle111:45 pm5:29 am
Portland112:08 pm5:49 am
Vancouver133:30 pm3:07 am
Vancouver101:45 pm5:10 am
Eugene42:08 pm2:52 am
Tacoma91:45 pm4:20 am
Bellingham112:15 pm2:21 am
Salem82:08 pm1:34 am
Lacey41:45 pm3:38 am

Most popular Amtrak Cascades routes

The train from Vancouver to Portland is Amtrak Cascades’s most popular route. Trips from Portland to Salem and Eugene to Seattle are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Cascades routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Vancouver to Portland18h 20m$72
Portland to Salem21h 10m$14
Eugene to Seattle26h 20m$61
Seattle to Bellingham22h 4m$25
Portland to Tacoma62h 33m$30
Eugene to Portland22h 35m$23
Vancouver to Seattle63h 7m$37
Seattle to Vancouver24h 0m$47
Portland to Seattle63h 25m$37

Amtrak Cascades Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Cascades tickets can be cancelled for a full refund within the first 24 hours after purchase. If more than 24 hours have passed, the cancellation policy and change fee structure for Amtrak bookings depend on the type of fare you purchased:

Saver Fare tickets: A 25% fee applies for any changes. If you cancel the trip, you will receive an eVoucher worth 75% of the original ticket price.

Value Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable up to 15 or more days before departure. If cancelled less than 14 days before departure, a 25% cancellation fee applies.

Flexible, Business and Premium Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable if cancelled or changed before departure.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable after the train has departed, so be sure to make your updates as soon as possible if your travel plans change.

If your Amtrak Cascades ticket is eligible for change or cancellation, you can do that by calling Amtrak’s customer service phone number at 1 (800) 872-7245. To cancel or change your booking online, simply go to and click on the “Modify Trip” tab in the upper right corner.

Wanderu also offers an affordable trip protection option by Allianz Global Assistance that you can purchase when booking your tickets. In addition to 24-hour assistance during your trip and coverage for lost or damaged baggage, trip protection can help you get your money back in case you need to cancel or change your trip. You can file a claim to have any Amtrak change or cancellation fees reimbursed if you cannot travel due to covered reasons such as illness, extreme weather, or required work shifts.

Amtrak Cascades Train Guide & FAQs

Yes, Amtrak Cascades offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Cascades will have WiFi as advertised, some trains might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Amtrak Cascades WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Amtrak Cascades trains. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Amtrak Cascades might sometimes use replacement train vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

On a typical day, Amtrak Cascades has 295 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

No, Amtrak Cascades does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Yes, Amtrak Cascades requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the train. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Cascades trains. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Amtrak Cascades provides snacks to satisfy your hunger during your travels. Be sure to pack a credit card and some cash in case you get hungry.

Amtrak Cascades does not require a printed ticket to board the train. Instead, an eTicket is sent to you by email when you make your reservation. You can use your smartphone to show this eTicket to the ticketing agent as you board.

Amtrak Cascades goes the extra distance to deliver premium features to its customers.

Do you find yourself squished in a regular seat or just love having extra room to sprawl out? Well you’re in luck as Amtrak Cascades offers extra legroom seating. Since there is no standard of what extra legroom is, the extra space you get may vary between train lines, but getting extra is always good.

Cheap Amtrak Cascades tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 295 Amtrak Cascades trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak Cascades tickets start at just $8.28. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Amtrak Cascades tickets?

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Pro travelers know that booking your ticket well in advance is key to finding the lowest price. Ticket prices normally go up the closer you get to the travel date, so don’t miss out on a good deal when you see one. If you can be flexible with your travel date, you can also get cheap tickets by traveling on weekdays instead of weekends.

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