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Trip Summary

There are 31 daily trains from Seattle to Vancouver. Traveling by train from Seattle to Vancouver usually takes around 49 hours and 49 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 57 minutes.

Distance137 mi (220 km)
Fastest train2h 57m
Lowest price$35.03
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Seattle to Vancouver

(Based on 13 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Sherry

April 7, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: I was very impressed and happy ticketing through Wanderu. They did all the work for me, including offering support and reminders leading up to the trip. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Traveling Amtrak from Oregon/Vancouver WA is a great way to go!

Pros: I was very impressed and happy ticketing through Wanderu. They did all the work for me, including offering support and reminders leading up to the trip. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Traveling Amtrak from Oregon/Vancouver WA is a great way to go!

5.0

Patricia

December 29, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: When the airlines cancel all flights, and you can’t get home because of weather issues, it is a great thing that the trains are still running and the cost to ride is very affordable. It doesn’t even matter that the trains were running late and going slow; the tr...

Pros: When the airlines cancel all flights, and you can’t get home because of weather issues, it is a great thing that the trains are still running and the cost to ride is very affordable. It doesn’t even matter that the trains were running late and going slow; the train got my family home, when the airlines could not. The accommodations were exceptional as they dealt with snow, ice, and debris on the tracks due to severe winter weather conditions. Cons: Not sure. Tips: Take the train as an alternative to flying. It is more affordable and reliable in extreme weather events.

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4.0

Marianela

October 22, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: The seat was very spacious and comfy and was very convenient for us,. Cons: The communication when stop on the station.

Pros: The seat was very spacious and comfy and was very convenient for us,. Cons: The communication when stop on the station.

5.0

Debra

October 10, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: I read my book, quiet passengers, train left on time but took time on stops so 30 minutes late. Enjoyed the scenery. Cons: Conductor could have updated us on ETA’s to various destinations.

Pros: I read my book, quiet passengers, train left on time but took time on stops so 30 minutes late. Enjoyed the scenery. Cons: Conductor could have updated us on ETA’s to various destinations.

5.0

Susan M

October 5, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Comfortable, beautiful view of Puget Sound you would never normally see, smooth ride, very relaxing. Cons: Nothing really. Staff were very upbeat and helpful. Tips: This was so much more relaxing than driving!

Pros: Comfortable, beautiful view of Puget Sound you would never normally see, smooth ride, very relaxing. Cons: Nothing really. Staff were very upbeat and helpful. Tips: This was so much more relaxing than driving!

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

In the last month, $310.05 was the average price of a train ticket from Seattle to Vancouver. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 8 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $54.85 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$506$337$169MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Seattle to Vancouver will vary between C$148 and C$502. Planning a train trip to Vancouver within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Seattle over the next 7 days is C$148. 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

$227$182$136$91$45JJASONDJFMAM

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$47 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Seattle to Vancouver in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$202 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

$324$259$195$130$653020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 8 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Vancouver from Seattle will be about C$54.85 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Seattle to Vancouver?

There are 3 train lines with service from Seattle to Vancouver. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 28 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak282d 5h 15m$356.26
Amtrak Cascades22h 57m$45.41
Amtrak Coast Starlight13h 17m$44.01
  • 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 28 Amtrak trains from Seattle to Vancouver every day, as well as 28 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $35.

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  • 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 Seattle to Vancouver, and the average train ticket costs .

  • Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight

    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 Vancouver takes 3 hours and 17 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at $36.

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

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

The distance between Seattle and Vancouver is approximately 137 miles, or 220 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 49 hours and 49 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 57 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Seattle to Vancouver are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Friday 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 Seattle at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Vancouver?

There are 31 scheduled trains on most days. 4 of these are direct connections to Vancouver. 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 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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Seattle?

Seattle, WA - King Street Station - SEAAMT-0

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Departure stations

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

  • 3201 Smith Ave

  • Penn Station

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

  • Pacific Central Station

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • Newark Penn Station

  • 2702 W Washington St

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

  • 485 West Van Vleek Street

  • MLK Plaza - 415 Emerald Ave

  • 41 Central St

  • Union Station - 1 Union Pl

  • Union Station Transportation Center

  • 211 Railroad Ave

Where is the train station in Vancouver?

Arrival stations

Vancouver has one train station.

Train stations in Vancouver:

  • 1301 W 11th St

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