How to get to Seattle by train
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Seattle is a must-see destination on the West Coast of the United States, offering many unique activities for any type of traveler. However, we're confident every visitor will enjoy the view of Mount Rainier from the top of Seattle's iconic Space Needle. Outdoor enthusiasts can bike, hike, boat, and ski in one of the top cities for outdoor activities in the U.S., while soaking in the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty (and yes, some rain as well). Urban explorers will love walking through Pike Place Market and experiencing Seattle's museums and public art, like the scenic Olympic Sculpture Park.
Known for its coffee culture and as the birthplace of Starbucks, Seattle is also one of the top 5 craft beer cities in the U.S., which is ideal for those who prefer to experience the taste of a city served up in a latte mug or a pint glass.
Seattle is home to the largest airport in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle-Tacoma Airport, but there are plenty of other ways to continue your travels from the Emerald City. A short ferry ride to Bainbridge Island includes the chance to see orca whales in the Puget Sound, or you can catch the Amtrak Cascades train or one of several affordable bus options from the historic King Street Station to other exciting Northwest cities in British Columbia, Oregon and beyond.
King Street Station
King Street Station is the main station for Amtrak train service and Greyhound bus service in Seattle, with connections to local public transit like the Link Light Rail and King County Metro at the International District/Chinatown station one block away. Located near downtown Seattle in the trendy Pioneer Square neighborhood, King Street Station opened in 1906 and continues to impress travelers with its restored Italian architecture and Venetian-style clocktower. King Street Station has on-site Amtrak staff, restrooms, and vending machines, and while there are no restaurants in the station, several nearby coffee shops and eateries make it easy to fuel up before your trip.
Popular train stations in Seattle:
King St Station - 303 S Jackson St
What train companies travel to Seattle, Washington?
Located in Washington, Seattle is accessible by train from 301 other cities. You can choose from 895 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Seattle on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.
Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Seattle are also available..
Train companies serving Seattle
|Train||Routes||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Amtrak||403||2d 19h 50m||$535.21|
|Amtrak Empire Builder||36||1d 6h 51m||$339.75|
|Amtrak Coast Starlight||27||12h 52m||$142.22|
|Amtrak Cascades||17||3h 0m||$48.61|
Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.
The Amtrak Empire Builder is a long-distance passenger rail service that has been in operation since 1929. The full 2,200-mile route takes 45 hours to connect Chicago with the Pacific Northwest. Don’t let the length of the trip intimidate you; the Empire Builder is one of Amtrak’s most popular services, and often rated as the most scenic train route in the country. The sightseer lounge, home to enormous windows, is the perfect place to drink in the incredible views of the Mississippi River, the North Dakota Plains, Glacier National Park, and the Columbia River Gorge. Overnight trips on the Empire Builder include the option to book sleeper cabins, for a more comfortable journey and included meals. All passengers can purchase meals or snacks in the cafe car.
The Coast Starlight is an Amtrak train that travels the entire length of the West Coast, connecting Los Angeles to Seattle. The route starts hugging the California coastline, treating passengers to swoon-worthy views of the Pacific, before continuing into the verdant forests of the Cascade Mountains. The Coast Starlight indisputably earns its spot among the most scenic Amtrak train routes. Seating options include Coach or Business Class and roomettes or bedrooms for extra space.
Which train carrier has the best service to Seattle?
Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Seattle by train with Amtrak Cascades giving them a 4.5 rating out of 5.
Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak had the most comfortable train service to Seattle taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak offers. They rate Amtrak a 4.6 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.
If you are looking to arrive to Seattle punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Cascades has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Seattle, rating them a 4.5 based on their on time arrivals.
Frequently Asked Questions
The main train station in Seattle is King St Station - 303 S Jackson St. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Seattle.
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