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About 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.

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

King Street Station

Seattle, WA - King Street Station - SEAAMT-0

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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.

Popular train stations in Seattle:

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

What train companies travel to Seattle, Washington?

Located in Washington, Seattle is accessible by train from 253 other cities. You can choose from 777 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Seattle on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Coach tickets to Seattle are also available..

Train companies serving Seattle

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak3652d 19h 38m£252.78
Amtrak Empire Builder351d 9h 43m£174.72
Amtrak Coast Starlight2614h 29m£64.61
Amtrak Cascades172h 50m£20.68
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Seattle?

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

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak had the most comfortable train service to Seattle taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak offers. They rate Amtrak a 4.5 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Seattle punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Cascades has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Seattle, rating them a 4.5 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

£5.55 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Seattle, 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 Seattle. In the last month, trains from Tukwila to Seattle had the lowest average price at £5.82. The train from Tukwila to Seattle also tends to start at relatively low prices.

The main train station in Seattle is King St Station - 303 S Jackson St. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Seattle.

Seattle ranks number 4 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 64 in United States. Seattle has the most train connections in the region. There are 143 train schedules arriving in Seattle each day.
The population of Seattle is 684451. Seattle ranks number 4 in terms of population in Washington and number 49 in all of United States.
Train tickets to Seattle range from £6 for a short trip to Seattle, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Seattle starts at , and a longer trip by train to Seattle 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 £17.
People who take the train to Seattle 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 Seattle easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest train station to the city center of Seattle is King St Station - 303 S Jackson St, located just 0.5 miles away. Select King St Station - 303 S Jackson St as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Seattle. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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