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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Seattle to Leavenworth. Traveling by train from Seattle to Leavenworth usually takes around 7 hours and 34 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Builder train can make the trip in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance78 mi (125 km)
Fastest train3h 20m
Lowest price$25.65
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Seattle to Leavenworth

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)



Mary Ellen

December 29, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Builder

Communication on the delay

Communication on the delay



July 23, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Extremely comfortable and spacious seating. The ride was smooth and the views amazing. Tips: Taxi shuttle service will take you to the doorstep of your destination for $6, tip optional.

Pros: Extremely comfortable and spacious seating. The ride was smooth and the views amazing. Tips: Taxi shuttle service will take you to the doorstep of your destination for $6, tip optional.



February 11, 2020- Regular commuter

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: It was the first time I took this train to Leavenworth. It was very nice. Cons: The time of the departure could have been earlier. I would have loved to have seen all the sites. Tips: Make sure to book a lower level if you need it, or you will have to be in the u...

Pros: It was the first time I took this train to Leavenworth. It was very nice. Cons: The time of the departure could have been earlier. I would have loved to have seen all the sites. Tips: Make sure to book a lower level if you need it, or you will have to be in the upper level. It's very tricky to get you and your bag up stairs.




October 19, 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Builder

Super helpful staff on the train

Super helpful staff on the train



August 2, 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Cool view, great staff. Cons: the people riding were very smelly and disruptive.

Pros: Cool view, great staff. Cons: the people riding were very smelly and disruptive.

Seattle to Leavenworth Route Map

Seattle Leavenworth

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

In the last month, $58.23 was the average price of a train ticket from Seattle to Leavenworth. 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 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $24.76 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Seattle to Leavenworth will vary between C$47 and C$95. Planning a train trip to Leavenworth within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Seattle over the next 7 days is C$47. 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


If you are trying to decide when to travel from Seattle to Leavenworth by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for May. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$28 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Seattle to Leavenworth in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$50 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


If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 21 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Leavenworth from Seattle will be about C$24.76 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Seattle to Leavenworth?

2 train services operate from Seattle to Leavenworth. Amtrak 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
Amtrak211h 32m$91.25
Amtrak Empire Builder13h 20m$33.51
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Seattle to Leavenworth every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $35.

  • Amtrak Empire Builder

    Amtrak Empire Builder

    The Amtrak Empire Builder is a long-distance passenger rail service that has been in operation since 1929. The full 2,200-mile route takes 45 hours to connect Chicago with the Pacific Northwest. Don’t let the length of the trip intimidate you; the Empire Builder is one of Amtrak’s most popular services, and often rated as the most scenic train route in the country. The sightseer lounge, home to enormous windows, is the perfect place to drink in the incredible views of the Mississippi River, the North Dakota Plains, Glacier National Park, and the Columbia River Gorge. Overnight trips on the Empire Builder include the option to book sleeper cabins, for a more comfortable journey and included meals. All passengers can purchase meals or snacks in the cafe car.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Seattle to Leavenworth. 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 Seattle to Leavenworth?

The distance between Seattle and Leavenworth is approximately 78 miles, or 125 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 34 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 20 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Seattle to Leavenworth on Thursday. Tickets for Thursday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Saturday. Saturday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Seattle at 5:00am 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 Seattle to Leavenworth?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Seattle to Leavenworth. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

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

City Information


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 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

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • 1301 W 11th St

  • 422 E. 25th St.

  • 211 Railroad Ave

  • Sounder Rail Station - 7301 Longacres Way

  • Ferry Dock

  • Pacific Central Station

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

  • 500 13th St SE

  • 1757 Washington St

  • 433 Willamette St

  • 6600 Yelm Hwy SE

  • 110 10th Ave SW

  • 210 Railroad Ave

Where is the train station in Leavenworth?

Arrival stations

Leavenworth has one train station.

Train stations in Leavenworth:

  • Icicle Station

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