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Vancouver - Seattle Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

7 trains operate daily from Vancouver to Seattle. The train trip from Vancouver to Seattle is usually about 3 hours and 11 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Cascades train can get you there in as little as 3 hours and 7 minutes.

Distance137 mi (220 km)
Fastest train3h 7m
Lowest price$37.09
Trains per day7
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Cascades
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Vancouver to Seattle

(Based on 15 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Stefan Uwe Heinrich

June 20, 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Very nice Staff. Scenerie. Cons: WiFi. Tips: Go for a Train ride.

5.0

Henry

March 11, 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Relaxing trip. Cons: Wait time. Tips: Sit back and enjoy the scenery.

5.0

Robert

January 12, 2023- Business

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Good staff with a good sense of humor everything worked so it was a enjoyable trip. Cons: Keep up the good work.

5.0

Rosana

September 25, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

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

5.0

Yonas

April 17, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

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

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Vancouver, WA and Seattle, WA cost $41.10, on average. This is about as cheap as train fares get on this route. Booking your trip at least 28 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $35.28 more.

Average prices by travel date

$82$55$27JunJul

The average cost of a one-way train trip from Vancouver to Seattle is expected to fluctuate between $44 and $66 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Seattle in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Vancouver is $47.

Monthly average prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during May. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Vancouver to Seattle, with the average price at just $47. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in December, when the average price goes up to $62. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

$69$55$41$27$143020100

If you're looking to save on your train trip from Vancouver to Seattle, book online with Wanderu at least 28 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $35.28 compared to booking your ticket 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 6 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Cascades63h 8m$53.82
Amtrak Coast Starlight13h 35m$68.61
  • 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 6 trips on the Amtrak Cascades from Vancouver to Seattle, 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 Vancouver to Seattle takes 3 hours and 35 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at $37.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 11 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.

Saturday 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 Saturday 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 Vancouver at 7:00am 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 7 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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