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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Portland to Salem. Traveling by train from Portland to Salem usually takes around one hour and 10 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Coast Starlight train can make the trip in one hour and 9 minutes.

Distance44 mi (70 km)
Fastest train1h 9m
Lowest price$16.21
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Portland, OR to Salem, OR

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)




February 11, 2020 - Business

Amtrak Coast Starlight

First time train traveler. It was Fun!!

First time train traveler. It was Fun!!



November 2, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: It was comfortable & on schedule. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Just sit back & relax.

Pros: It was comfortable & on schedule. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Just sit back & relax.



June 3, 2019 - Business

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: The trip was expected to be on public transportation by bus and turned it to be on Amtrak train I was surprised and very happy to see you that and check would make the switch. Cons: Stuff could be challenging to find at times. When searching for stacks and travel...

Pros: The trip was expected to be on public transportation by bus and turned it to be on Amtrak train I was surprised and very happy to see you that and check would make the switch. Cons: Stuff could be challenging to find at times. When searching for stacks and traveler had to ask other Travelers because of lack of staffing. Tips: Be sure to have a ticket ready when a boarding Amtrak.


What is the price of a train ticket from Portland to Salem?

In the last month, C$16.66 was the average price of a train ticket from Portland, OR to Salem, OR. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 11 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$5.06 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Portland to Salem will vary between C$16 and C$24. Planning a train trip to Salem within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Portland over the next 7 days is C$16. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Portland to Salem by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around C$17 whenever you decide to board the train to Salem.

Prices as travel date approaches


Since the average price of train trips from Portland to Salem remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Portland to Salem?

There are 3 train lines with service from Portland, Oregon to Salem, Oregon. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak11h 10m$16.77
Amtrak Cascades11h 11m$16.73
Amtrak Coast Starlight11h 9m$19.30
  • Amtrak


    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. On average, there are 1 Amtrak trains from Portland to Salem every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $16.

  • Amtrak Cascades

    Amtrak Cascades

    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. There are an average of 1 trips on the Amtrak Cascades from Portland to Salem, and the average train ticket costs .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Portland to Salem during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Portland to Salem?

The distance between Portland and Salem is approximately 44 miles, or 70 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 10 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 9 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Portland to Salem are the most crowded on Tuesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Saturday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Portland at 11:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Portland to Salem?

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Portland to Salem.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Salem to Portland. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Portland to Salem for $16.21.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Portland?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Portland.

Where is the train station in Salem?

Arrival stations

Salem has one train station.

Need a return trip from Salem to Portland?

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