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Trip Summary

There are 37 daily trains from Portland to Seattle. Traveling by train from Portland to Seattle usually takes around 43 hours and 54 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Cascades train can make the trip in 3 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance145 mi (233 km)
Fastest train3h 25m
Lowest price$34.74
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Portland to Seattle

(Based on 43 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

David

June 28, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: I didn't have to Stand unfortunately at 1.96m Tall I found it very difficult to get comfortable when my Table was down however the Train was Clean and left on Time and Arrived on Time. Cons: I would have Appreciated a WiFi Service.If their was One I couldn't find...

Pros: I didn't have to Stand unfortunately at 1.96m Tall I found it very difficult to get comfortable when my Table was down however the Train was Clean and left on Time and Arrived on Time. Cons: I would have Appreciated a WiFi Service.If their was One I couldn't find it. Tips: I can't Think of anything.

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5.0

Tanya

May 25, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: Easy, good value for money, safe. Tips: Save on gas, enjoy the scenery and chill on the train.

Pros: Easy, good value for money, safe. Tips: Save on gas, enjoy the scenery and chill on the train.

4.0

Carlie

May 20, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: The ride was fine. Conductor was communicative about delays in a kind way. Cons: The train was just very full and people were leaving their seats for 30+ minutes at a time to go drink in the cafe. One was gone the entire ride but left his backpack on an open wind...

Pros: The ride was fine. Conductor was communicative about delays in a kind way. Cons: The train was just very full and people were leaving their seats for 30+ minutes at a time to go drink in the cafe. One was gone the entire ride but left his backpack on an open window seat so no one could sit there. The train was full that day.

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5.0

Tyeesha

March 19, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Spacious and overall much nicer and more comfortable than flying. Cons: More mask + covid safety enforcement. Better eye could've been kept on bathroom materials / replenishment of things like soap.

Pros: Spacious and overall much nicer and more comfortable than flying. Cons: More mask + covid safety enforcement. Better eye could've been kept on bathroom materials / replenishment of things like soap.

5.0

Gary

March 15, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Convenience and affordability. Cons: Not much. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ride.

Pros: Convenience and affordability. Cons: Not much. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the ride.

Portland to Seattle Route Map

Portland Seattle

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

In the last month, $151.20 was the average price of a train ticket from Portland to Seattle. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 5 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $157.13 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$425$283$142JunJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Portland to Seattle will vary between C$188 and C$416. Planning a train trip to Seattle within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Portland over the next 7 days is C$235. 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

$225$180$135$90$45JASONDJFMAMJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Portland to Seattle by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$46 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Portland to Seattle in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$196 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$322$257$193$129$643020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 5 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Seattle from Portland will be about C$157.13 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Portland to Seattle?

There are 3 train lines with service from Portland to Seattle. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 33 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak332d 7h 59m$396.42
Amtrak Cascades33h 25m$53.59
Amtrak Coast Starlight13h 55m$61.87
  • Amtrak

    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 33 Amtrak trains from Portland to Seattle every day, as well as 33 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $39.

  • 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 3 trips on the Amtrak Cascades from Portland to Seattle, and the average train ticket costs .

  • Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight

    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. A trip from Portland to Seattle takes 3 hours and 55 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at $36.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a direct train between Portland and Seattle?

Yes, there is a direct Amtrak train that goes between Portland and Seattle. There are four daily schedules for this route, all of them direct. The first train of the day departs at 8 a.m., while the last leaves at 7 p.m.

Is the train from Portland to Seattle scenic?

The two trains that operate this route are the Amtrak Coast Starlight and the Amtrak Cascades. Both trains offer views of Commencement Bay and the Tacoma waterfront, as well as Mt. Rainier on a clear day. Because you’re in the Pacific Northwest, expect stretches of the route to be lined with lush green trees. Otherwise, for large parts of the ride, both trains parallel the I-5 freeway.

Is it safe to travel by train from Portland to Seattle 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Portland to Seattle?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Portland to Seattle. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Portland to Seattle?

The distance between Portland and Seattle is approximately 145 miles, or 233 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 43 hours and 54 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 25 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from Portland to Seattle tend to have the most passengers on Saturday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Saturday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Sunday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Portland at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Seattle?

There are 37 scheduled trains on most days. 4 of these are direct connections to Seattle. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Seattle to Portland.

City Information

Portland

Portland, OR - PDX-0

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Portland, OR - PDX-1

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Portland, OR - PDX-2

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Portland is the largest city in Oregon and accordingly one of the state's best vacation destinations. Also known as the City of Roses, this city along the Willamette River wows visitors with its diverse street food, quirky counterculture, and sprawling bookstores such as the world-famous Powell's Books.

Portland is the 5th best city in the United States for outdoor activities, thanks in part to open-air grounds like the expansive Forest Park. Gardens are also excellent outdoor date locales for couples on a romantic getaway: stop and smell the roses at either the International Rose Test Garden or the Portland Japanese Garden.

Once you've gotten hungry from a long day wandering outside, nearly every block downtown has a plethora of food trucks waiting to tickle your taste buds. Or, kick back at one of the many breweries in the #3 best city for craft beer in the United States. Unique locations like McMenamin's brewpubs in renovated cinemas or historic hotels do their part to "keep Portland weird."

As the biggest city in Oregon, Portland is a hub for travel throughout the Pacific Northwest. Amtrak train service and various bus services operate primarily out of Union Station, conveniently-located downtown, and nearby Portland International Airport makes it easy to travel to Portland from near and far.

Seattle

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. These offerings and more make Seattle one of the best vacation destination in Washington.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Portland?

Union Station - 800 NW 6th Ave - PDXAMT-0

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Main departure station: Union Station

Located in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown area at 800 Northwest Sixth Avenue, Union Station features a glowing neon sign encouraging you to “Go By Train.” Union Station serves several iconic Amtrak routes including the Cascades through the Pacific Northwest, the scenic Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle, and the long-distance Empire Builder which travels all the way to Chicago. Along with train service, Union Station serves intercity bus service via Greyhound, and connects to the Portland Streetcar, MAX Light Rail, and several local TriMet buses. There is a restaurant and bar onsite, as well as a Metropolitan Lounge reserved for Amtrak’s first- and business-class passengers.

All train stations in Portland:

  • Union Station

  • Penn Station

  • NW 185th Ave

  • Southwest 72nd Ave & Bridgeport Rd

  • 485 West Van Vleek Street

  • 2702 W Washington St

  • MLK Plaza - 415 Emerald Ave

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

  • Astoria Transit Ctr - 900 Marine Dr

  • Union Station Transportation Center

  • 131 Tyler Ave

  • Newark Penn Station

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

Where is the train station in Seattle?

Seattle, WA - King Street Station - SEAAMT-0

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Main arrival station: King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

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.

Train stations in Seattle:

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

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