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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Seattle to Vancouver. Traveling by train from Seattle to Vancouver usually takes around 7 hours and 43 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 5 hours and 14 minutes.

Distance121 mi (195 km)
Fastest train5h 14m
Lowest price$65.30
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Seattle to Vancouver

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Tom

November 15, 2019- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: easy go easy return. Cons: not much. Tips: bring snacks.

Pros: easy go easy return. Cons: not much. Tips: bring snacks.

5.0

Juanita

October 18, 2019- Couples trip

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Beautiful view and a great experience! Cons: N/A. Tips: Enjoy the ride!

Pros: Beautiful view and a great experience! Cons: N/A. Tips: Enjoy the ride!

5.0

Lorraine

October 17, 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Not too busy. Helpful staff. Buffet coach available. Clean restrooms. Cons: Not sure why free WiFi ended at Canadian border going from Seattle to Vancouver. For us European travellers this is not ideal. Tips: Do t leave boarding to the last minute as I didn’t fin...

Pros: Not too busy. Helpful staff. Buffet coach available. Clean restrooms. Cons: Not sure why free WiFi ended at Canadian border going from Seattle to Vancouver. For us European travellers this is not ideal. Tips: Do t leave boarding to the last minute as I didn’t find it very clear where I was supposed to check in.

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5.0

Kathryn

July 27, 2019- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Cons: Better explanation regarding what will happen in Customs. Tips: Much, much, much more comfortable than the bus.

Cons: Better explanation regarding what will happen in Customs. Tips: Much, much, much more comfortable than the bus.

5.0

Charles

June 30, 2019- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: The view. Cons: Nothing. Tips: None.

Pros: The view. Cons: Nothing. Tips: None.

Seattle to Vancouver Route Map

Seattle Vancouver

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

The average price for a train ticket to Vancouver is $65.30, If your search turns up options priced lower than $65.30 then you've uncoverred an exceptional deal, don't let it get away. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on train tickets everytime, we search all of the best train options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Seattle to Vancouver 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$43 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Seattle to Vancouver in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$63 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.

Which train should you take from Seattle to Vancouver?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Seattle to Vancouver. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak17h 43m$95.94
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Seattle to Vancouver every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $65.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the train from Seattle to Vancouver scenic?

Yes, the train route from Seattle to Vancouver—the Amtrak Cascades—is well-known for its scenic beauty. Gaze out the window at gorgeous ocean views during this trip, especially if you are able to find a seat on the left side of the train. In addition to the ocean, you can expect to see rolling mountains, quaint towns, ports and beaches.

Do you need your passport for the train to Vancouver, BC?

Yes, all passengers are required to travel with a passport or other valid proof of citizenship when commuting between Seattle and Vancouver BC. Alternative forms of ID include an Enhanced Identity Card, an Enhanced Driver’s Licence or a Trusted Traveler Program Card (such as a FAST). All passengers must show valid identification before boarding. Crossing the Canada-US border without a valid ID is not allowed.

When your train arrives at the border, all passengers at that time must disembark and subject their belongings to a security screening. Unclaimed belongings will be removed by customs officials at that time.

Is it safe to travel by train from Seattle to Vancouver 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 Seattle to Vancouver?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Seattle to Vancouver, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

How long is the train journey from Seattle to Vancouver?

The distance between Seattle and Vancouver is approximately 121 miles, or 195 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 43 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 14 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?

Thursday is usually the day of the week when trains are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded trains to Vancouver, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Seattle at 8:00am and arrives in Vancouver around 5 hours later.

How many train trips to Vancouver are there per day?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. However, it is not a direct train. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you transfer trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

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

City Information

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.

Vancouver

Vancouver is a trendy diverse city in British Columbia, known for its eclectic shopping, fresh seafood, and unique scenic setting between snow-capped mountains and urban beaches. Vancouver is sometimes called "Hollywood North" due to the amount of movies and TV shows filmed in the area. If you're lucky, you may even stumble upon a movie set as you're walking around town!

If you're looking for the best restaurants, shops and nightlife, cobblestoned Gastown is the perfect neighborhood to explore. Biking around the gorgeous Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver is rivaled only by hiking and skiing on nearby Grouse Mountain, which offers stunning views of the city on clear days.

Vancouver International Airport is conveniently close to downtown, and also one of the biggest gateways for international travel on the West Coast of North America. From Vancouver, it's easy to travel into the U.S. to Seattle by bus or train, or to other B.C. destinations like Kamloops and Kelowna to experience more of the province's natural beauty.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Seattle?

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

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Departure stations

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 Seattle:

  • Union Station

  • 1301 W 11th St

  • Sounder Rail Station - 7301 Longacres Way

  • 110 10th Ave SW

  • 422 E. 25th St.

  • 6600 Yelm Hwy SE

Where is the train station in Vancouver?

Vancouver, BC - Pacific Central Station - CAVACAMT-0

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Arrival stations

The historic Pacific Central Station is Vancouver’s primary train station for Amtrak and VIA Rail service, as well as a bus station for numerous carriers. The impressive Beaux-Arts style station opened in 1919, and is within walking distance of Science World, Strathcona Park, and the lively Gastown neighborhood. Plus, walking just across the street from Pacific Central Station gives you access to Vancouver's SkyTrain public transit system at the Main Street–Science World station. With free WiFi, restrooms, and several restaurants and shops on the premises, Pacific Central Station is a convenient place to start or end your trip.

Train stations in Vancouver:

  • Pacific Central Station

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