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About Portland

Portland is the largest city in Oregon and one of the key travel hubs in the Pacific Northwest. Also known as the City of Roses, this city along the Willamette River wows visitors with its diverse street food, quirky counterculture, and sprawling bookstores such as the world-famous Powell's Books.

Portland is the 5th best city in the United States for outdoor activities, thanks in part to open-air grounds like the expansive Forest Park. Gardens are also excellent outdoor date locales for couples on a romantic getaway: stop and smell the roses at either the International Rose Test Garden or the Portland Japanese Garden.

Once you've gotten hungry from a long day wandering outside, nearly every block downtown has a plethora of food trucks waiting to tickle your taste buds. Or, kick back at one of the many breweries in the #3 best city for craft beer in the United States. Unique locations like McMenamin's brewpubs in renovated cinemas or historic hotels do their part to "keep Portland weird."

As the biggest city in Oregon, Portland is a hub for travel throughout the Pacific Northwest. Amtrak train service and various bus services operate primarily out of Union Station, conveniently-located downtown, and nearby Portland International Airport makes it easy to travel to Portland from near and far.

Station Information

Union Station - 800 NW 6th Ave - PDXAMT-0

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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.

Popular train stations in Portland:

  • Union Station

What train companies travel to Portland, Oregon?

Located in Oregon, Portland is accessible by train from 461 other cities. You can choose from 1005 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Portland on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

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Train companies serving Portland

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak4461d 16h 9m£190.68
Amtrak Empire Builder351d 2h 25m£128.53
Amtrak Coast Starlight2811h 31m£62.04
Amtrak Cascades112h 49m£30.08
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Which train carrier has the best service to Portland?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Portland by train with Amtrak Empire Builder giving them a 4.5 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Empire Builder had the most comfortable train service to Portland taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Empire Builder offers. They rate Amtrak Empire Builder a 4.6 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Portland punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Cascades has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Portland, rating them a 4.6 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Portland?

£3.71 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Portland, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Portland. In the last month, trains from Oregon City to Portland had the lowest average price at £3.71.

Where is the train station in Portland, OR?

The main train station in Portland is Union Station. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Portland.

What is the closest airport to Portland, OR?

The closest airport to Portland is Portland Intl Airport (PDX), it is located 5.9 miles from the city center of Portland.

Is Portland a popular train travel destination?

Portland ranks number 27 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 148 in United States. Portland has the most train connections in the region. There are 123 train schedules arriving in Portland each day.

What is the population of Portland?

The population of Portland is 632309. Portland ranks number 16 in terms of population in Oregon and number 106 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to Portland cost?

Train tickets to Portland range from £4 for a short trip to Portland, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Portland starts at , and a longer trip by train to Portland can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as £6 .

What type of traveler does Portland attract?

People who take the train to Portland are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Portland easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What train station is located closest to the city center of Portland?

The closest train station to the city center of Portland is Union Station, located just 0.4 miles away. Select Union Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Portland. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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