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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Vancouver to Seattle. Traveling by train from Vancouver to Seattle usually takes around 3 hours and 14 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Cascades train can make the trip in 3 hours and 7 minutes.

Distance137 mi (220 km)
Fastest train3h 7m
Lowest price$36.67
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Cascades
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Vancouver to Seattle

(Based on 12 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Rosana

September 25, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Easy and very well run. Tips: Easy to ride the train.

Pros: Easy and very well run. Tips: Easy to ride the train.

5.0

Sheila

June 6, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Efficient. Cons: Masks.

Pros: Efficient. Cons: Masks.

5.0

Yonas

April 17, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: On time. Cons: It was good. Tips: Yes.

Pros: On time. Cons: It was good. Tips: Yes.

4.0

Talib

October 5, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Pleased and comfortable. Cons: Be close on ETA. Tips: No.

Pros: Pleased and comfortable. Cons: Be close on ETA. Tips: No.

5.0

Manish

April 10, 2021

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: nice booking exp with wanderu booking and the amtrak train itself+the journey were pretty good, with nice scenery. Cons: the wifi speed couldve been better.. the bolt bus has better speeds. Tips: sit on the right on the amtrak train, going from portland to seattl...

Pros: nice booking exp with wanderu booking and the amtrak train itself+the journey were pretty good, with nice scenery. Cons: the wifi speed couldve been better.. the bolt bus has better speeds. Tips: sit on the right on the amtrak train, going from portland to seattle.

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

In the last month, $37.58 was the average price of a train ticket from Vancouver to Seattle. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $55.38 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$102$68$34OctOct

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Vancouver to Seattle will vary between C$37 and C$98. Planning a train trip to Seattle within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Vancouver over the next 7 days is C$38. 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

$68$54$41$27$14NDJFMAMJJASO

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Vancouver to Seattle by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$41 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Vancouver to Seattle in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$52 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

$102$81$61$41$203020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Seattle from Vancouver will be about C$55.38 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Vancouver to Seattle?

2 train services operate from Vancouver to Seattle. Amtrak Cascades usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Cascades33h 8m$52.12
Amtrak Coast Starlight13h 35m$56.90
  • 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 3 trips on the Amtrak Cascades from Vancouver to Seattle, 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 Vancouver to Seattle takes 3 hours and 35 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at $37.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Vancouver to Seattle?

The distance between Vancouver and Seattle is approximately 137 miles, or 220 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 14 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 7 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?

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

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Vancouver at 8:00am 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.

Is there a direct train from Vancouver to Seattle?

There are 4 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Vancouver to Seattle.

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

City Information

Vancouver

Vancouver, WA, US - VAN-0

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Vancouver sits on the northern banks of the Columbia River in Washington and is the state's fourth most populated city. The surrounding Cascade Mountains offer incredible Pacific Northwest adventures. Mount Saint Helens and Mount Hood, two snow-topped volcanoes, are within short drives of Vancouver for easy access to hikes and ski runs. Beacon Rock State Park includes a trail to the summit of a monolithic rock formation. Plus, the Columbia River Gorge is easily one of the best destinations in Washington for breathtaking scenery.

Vancouver is located just across the Columbia from Portland, and Interstates 5 and 205 have north to south bridges connecting Portland to Vancouver. Within the city, you will find Vancouver's mass transit system, C-Tran, to get around with ease.

Several Amtrak services operate from Vancouver, including the Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, and Cascades routes. If you're arriving by air, the nearest airport is Portland International Airport, just a few minutes' drive from downtown Vancouver.

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 Vancouver?

Main departure station: 1301 W 11th St

There is one train station in Vancouver.

All train stations in Vancouver:

  • 1301 W 11th St

Where is the train station in Seattle?

Seattle, WA - King Street Station - SEAAMT-0

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Main arrival 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.

Train stations in Seattle:

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

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