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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 4 hours, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance121 mi (195 km)
Fastest train4h 0m
Lowest price$46.88
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Cascades
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Seattle, WA to Vancouver, BC

(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

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Which train should you take from Seattle to Vancouver?

Amtrak Cascades is the one and only train line which connects Seattle, Washington to Vancouver, British Columbia. 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
Amtrak Cascades14h 0m$46.88
  • 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 Seattle to Vancouver, and the average train ticket costs .

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.

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 4 hours,

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 from Seattle to Vancouver 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 Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded 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 7:00am and arrives in Vancouver around 4 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Seattle to Vancouver?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Vancouver with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Vancouver to Seattle. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Seattle to Vancouver for $57.41.

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.

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?

King Street Station

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.

Where is the train station in Vancouver?

Pacific Central Station

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.

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