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Seattle - Tacoma Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

10 trains operate daily from Seattle to Tacoma. The train trip from Seattle to Tacoma is usually about 5 hours and 21 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Coast Starlight train can get you there in as little as 43 minutes.

Distance25 mi (40 km)
Fastest train0h 43m
Lowest price$17.79
Trains per day7
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Seattle to Tacoma

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Sue Ann

August 13, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: Clean, comfortable, on time. Cons: There was no wi-fi on the train or even in the station. I thought for sure there used to be. Announcements about boarding were made in the station by a man trying to project his voice over the crowd. He needs to have a microphone!!

5.0

marie-luise

June 21, 2022- Couples trip

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Die Reise war sehr angenehm, die Sitze bequem und die Beinfreiheit großzügig. Leider war unsere Reise zu schnell vorbei.

5.0

Miyosha

July 4, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak

Pros: First rime Amtrack rider everything was great. Nice and clean enjoy the short ride. And the peice was awesome. Cons: Nothing. Tips: None.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Seattle and Tacoma cost $71.05, on average. Booking your trip at least 22 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $25.96 more.

Average prices by travel date

$103$68$34JulJul

Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from Seattle to Tacoma will cost between $85 and $94. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly avg. prices

$103$82$62$41$21ASONDJFMAMJJ
Ticket prices for the train from Seattle to Tacoma often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in October when the average ticket price is only $56. If you're thinking of traveling from Seattle to Tacoma during December, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $85 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in December, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

$103$82$62$41$213020100

Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Seattle to Tacoma. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 22 days before departure, you can save around $25.96. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Seattle to Tacoma?

There are 3 train lines with service from Seattle to Tacoma. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 6 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak65h 55m$97.32
Amtrak Cascades40h 45m$22.90
Amtrak Coast Starlight10h 43m$30.61
  • 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 6 Amtrak trains from Seattle to Tacoma every day, as well as 10 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $18.

  • 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 4 trips on the Amtrak Cascades from Seattle to Tacoma, and the average train ticket costs .

  • The Coast Starlight is an Amtrak train that travels the entire length of the West Coast, connecting Los Angeles to Seattle. The route starts hugging the California coastline, treating passengers to swoon-worthy views of the Pacific, before continuing into the verdant forests of the Cascade Mountains. The Coast Starlight indisputably earns its spot among the most scenic Amtrak train routes. Seating options include Coach or Business Class and roomettes or bedrooms for extra space. A trip from Seattle to Tacoma takes 0 hours and 43 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at $21.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Seattle to Tacoma. 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.
The distance between Seattle and Tacoma is approximately 25 miles, or 40 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 21 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 43 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Tacoma.

Sunday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Seattle to Tacoma. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Sunday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Thursday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Seattle at 5:00am 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.

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. 7 of these are direct connections to Tacoma. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Tacoma 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.

Tacoma

Tacoma has seen some hard times in recent years, but the city is receiving many new revival attempts, turning it into a charming town with its own unique attractions. For those interested in the history of the city, as well as the creativity of its residents, head towards the Museum District, which houses numerous interesting museums such as the Tacoma Art Museum and the Washington State History Museum. While in the area, don’t miss out on the chance to marvel at the architectural ingenuity of the Bridge of Glass. If you wish to enjoy a bit of outdoor air, diving into the cold water of American Lake in Lakewood in the morning is bound to make you happy.

Seafood has always been among Tacoma’s finest offerings, and the best place to enjoy these dishes is Duke’s Chowder House, which features a bay view. For a more exquisite taste, head over to Indochine, a pan-Asian restaurant featuring mouth watering dishes.

The main bus station and the Amtrak train station in Tacoma are both near downtown, just a few blocks from each other. Tacoma is served by Amtrak’s Cascades and Coast Starlight lines. The city’s main airport is Seattle–Tacoma International and it sits 22 miles north of the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Seattle?

Seattle, WA - King Street Station - SEAAMT-0

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Main departure station: King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

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.

All train stations in Seattle:

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • Pacific Central Station

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

Where is the train station in Tacoma?

422 E 25th Ave  - TACAMT-0

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Main arrival station: 422 E. 25th St.

The Amtrak station in Tacoma is located at 422 E 25th St, near I-5 and close to the Tacoma Dome. The Tacoma Dome Station is served by Amtrak Cascades, which travels between Vancouver, BC, Seattle, Portland, and Eugene, and Amtrak’s Coast Starlight from Seattle to Los Angeles. Local Sound Transit's commuter rail station is next door. The bus terminal on Puyallup Ave is across the street from the train station complex for easy transfers to local or intercity buses. The station complex includes two parking garages and a customer service center with restrooms and vending machines. Nearby attractions in Tacoma include Freighthouse Square, a shopping mall inside an old depot, and several museums like the Washington State History Museum and the Museum of Glass.

Train stations in Tacoma:

  • 422 E. 25th St.

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