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About Vancouver

Vancouver sits on the northern banks of the Columbia River in Washington and is the state's fourth most populated city. The surrounding Cascade Mountains offer incredible Pacific Northwest adventures. Mount Saint Helens and Mount Hood, two snow-topped volcanoes, are within short drives of Vancouver for easy access to hikes and ski runs. Beacon Rock State Park includes a trail to the summit of a monolithic rock formation. Plus, the Columbia River Gorge is easily one of the best destinations in Washington for breathtaking scenery.

Vancouver is located just across the Columbia from Portland, and Interstates 5 and 205 have north to south bridges connecting Portland to Vancouver. Within the city, you will find Vancouver's mass transit system, C-Tran, to get around with ease.

Several Amtrak services operate from Vancouver, including the Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, and Cascades routes. If you're arriving by air, the nearest airport is Portland International Airport, just a few minutes' drive from downtown Vancouver.

What train companies travel to Vancouver, Washington?

Located in Washington, Vancouver is accessible by train from 141 other cities. You can choose from 514 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Vancouver on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Vancouver are also available..

Train companies serving Vancouver

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak3662d 7h 28m$335.21
Amtrak Empire Builder341d 8h 20m$190.53
Amtrak Coast Starlight2712h 5m$98.33
Amtrak Cascades172h 47m$42.56
  • 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.

  • The Cascades is a passenger train service operated by Amtrak that runs between Vancouver, BC and Eugene, OR. Not only is the Cascades one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the trains also offer free WiFi, power outlets, reclining seats, and refreshments available for purchase.

Which train carrier has the best service to Vancouver?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Vancouver by train with Amtrak Coast Starlight giving them a 5 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Coast Starlight had the most comfortable train service to Vancouver taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Coast Starlight offers. They rate Amtrak Coast Starlight a 4.8 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Vancouver punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Coast Starlight has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Vancouver, rating them a 5 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$6.90 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Vancouver, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Vancouver. In the last month, trains from Portland to Vancouver had the lowest average price at $8.28.

The busiest train station in Vancouver is 1301 W 11th St. As Vancouver's main station, it has the most trains coming and going. However, a popular alternative is Portland International Airport.

The closest airport to Vancouver is Portland Intl Airport (PDX), it is located 4.6 miles from the city center of Vancouver.
Vancouver ranks number 7 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 96 in United States. Vancouver has the second most number of destinations in Washington that are connected to Vancouver by train service. Each day 101 direct train schedules arrive in the Vancouver.
The population of Vancouver is 172860. Vancouver ranks number 6 in terms of population in Washington and number 126 in all of United States.
Train tickets to Vancouver range from $7 for a short trip to Vancouver, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Vancouver starts at , and a longer trip by train to Vancouver can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $8.
People who take the train to Vancouver are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Vancouver easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest train station to the city center of Vancouver is 1301 W 11th St, located just 1.4 miles away. Select 1301 W 11th St as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Vancouver. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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