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Kelso-Tacoma Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Kelso to Tacoma. Traveling by train from Kelso to Tacoma usually takes around one hour and 48 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Cascades train can make the trip in one hour and 41 minutes.

Distance80 mi (128 km)
Fastest train1h 41m
Lowest price$38.97
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Cascades
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Kelso, WA to Tacoma, WA

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)




June 11, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Trip time was good. Cons: If there was an option available for the frequency of travel in like a season ticket, plus, there should be more direct trips to stuff worth seeing like the Grand Canyon if possible.

Pros: Trip time was good. Cons: If there was an option available for the frequency of travel in like a season ticket, plus, there should be more direct trips to stuff worth seeing like the Grand Canyon if possible.

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

In the last month, C$38.97 was the average price of a train ticket from Kelso, WA to Tacoma, WA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. 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 C$32.88 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Kelso to Tacoma 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$27 whenever you decide to board the train to Tacoma.

Prices as travel date approaches


Since the average price of train trips from Kelso to Tacoma 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 Kelso to Tacoma?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Cascades21h 41m$49.53
Amtrak Coast Starlight11h 54m$57.64
  • 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 2 trips on the Amtrak Cascades from Kelso to Tacoma, and the average train ticket costs .

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Kelso and Tacoma is approximately 80 miles, or 128 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 48 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 41 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 Kelso to Tacoma are the most crowded on Monday. 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 Wednesday 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 Kelso at 9:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 4:00pm. 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 Kelso to Tacoma?

Trains leave the station in Kelso twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Tacoma with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Tacoma to Kelso. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Kelso to Tacoma for $63.32.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Kelso?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Kelso.

Where is the train station in Tacoma?

Arrival stations

Tacoma has one train station.

Need a return trip from Tacoma to Kelso?

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