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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Portland to Tacoma. Traveling by train from Portland to Tacoma usually takes around 2 hours and 36 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Cascades train can make the trip in 2 hours and 32 minutes.

Distance120 mi (193 km)
Fastest train2h 32m
Lowest price$27.43
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Cascades
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Portland, OR to Tacoma, WA

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Edgar

June 12, 2021 - Solo travel

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: The trip was delayed but other than that it was a very nice ride. Cons: Keep up the good work ,nice and clean.

Pros: The trip was delayed but other than that it was a very nice ride. Cons: Keep up the good work ,nice and clean.

4.0

Alisha

June 13, 2019 - Business

Amtrak Cascades

Always accommodating my service animal and I. Pleasant and courteous staff. Quiet and relaxing commute.

Always accommodating my service animal and I. Pleasant and courteous staff. Quiet and relaxing commute.

5.0

Tate

May 21, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: 2.5 hours from PDX to Tacoma. Smooth ride, beautiful views, What's not to like? Cons: Shorter line in the snack bar. Tips: Much nicer than flying!

Pros: 2.5 hours from PDX to Tacoma. Smooth ride, beautiful views, What's not to like? Cons: Shorter line in the snack bar. Tips: Much nicer than flying!

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

In the last month, C$31.25 was the average price of a train ticket from Portland, OR to Tacoma, WA. 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 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$20.90 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$56$37$19JunJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Portland to Tacoma will vary between C$29 and C$44. Planning a train trip to Tacoma within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Portland over the next 7 days is C$30. 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

$62$50$37$25$12JASONDJFMAMJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Portland to Tacoma by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$29 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Portland to Tacoma in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$39 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

$62$50$37$25$123020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Tacoma from Portland will be about C$20.90 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Portland to Tacoma?

2 train services operate from Portland, Oregon to Tacoma, Washington. Amtrak Cascades usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Cascades32h 32m$38.82
Amtrak Coast Starlight12h 49m$37.73
  • 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 Tacoma, and the average train ticket costs .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Portland to Tacoma 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 Tacoma?

The distance between Portland and Tacoma is approximately 120 miles, or 193 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 36 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 32 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Portland to Tacoma are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Sunday 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 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 Tacoma?

There are 4 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Portland to Tacoma.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Tacoma to Portland. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Portland to Tacoma for $1.25.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Portland?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Portland.

Where is the train station in Tacoma?

Arrival stations

Tacoma has one train station.

Need a return trip from Tacoma to Portland?

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