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Trip Summary

There are usually 3 daily train trips available from Vancouver to Seattle. Traveling by train from Vancouver to Seattle usually takes 6 hours and 28 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Cascades train can make the trip in 4 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance121 mi (195 km)
Fastest train4h 25m
Lowest price£29.29
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Cascades
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Vancouver to Seattle

(Based on 32 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Griselda

14 May 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak Cascades

Beatiful

5.0

Debbie

30 April 2024- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: The updates. Cons: Wi fi.

5.0

Randy

17 December 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: The scenery just as the sun was rising and the fact that I had the row to myself. Cons: More food options in the food cart for vegetarians. Tips: Sit on the right side when traveling from Vancouver southwards.

5.0

Marilyn

30 August 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Very good trip. Cons: The seat can be improved.

4.0

Judith

28 May 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Views. Cons: No way to check luggage at Vancouver station.

Vancouver to Seattle Route Map

Vancouver Seattle

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Vancouver and Seattle cost £72.07, on average. Booking your trip at least 29 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around £0.11 more.

Average prices by travel date

£83£55£28JulJul

For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Vancouver to Seattle will range from £67 to £82. If you're planning to travel by train to Seattle in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Vancouver you can find in the next 7 days is £67. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

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Mark your calendar for March if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Vancouver to Seattle. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of £42. If you're planning a trip from Vancouver to Seattle during July, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about £57 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

£79£63£48£32£163020100

Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Vancouver to Seattle. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 29 days before departure, you can save around £0.11. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

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 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak111h 26m£108.16
Amtrak Cascades24h 25m£60.70
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Vancouver to Seattle every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £84.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Vancouver and Seattle is approximately 121 miles, or 195 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 28 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 25 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.

Sunday 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 Sunday 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 07:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 16:00. 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 3 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Seattle. 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 Seattle to Vancouver.

City Information

Vancouver

Vancouver is a trendy diverse city in British Columbia, known for its eclectic shopping, fresh seafood, and unique scenic setting between snow-capped mountains and urban beaches. Vancouver is sometimes called "Hollywood North" due to the amount of movies and TV shows filmed in the area. If you're lucky, you may even stumble upon a movie set as you're walking around town!

If you're looking for the best restaurants, shops and nightlife, cobblestoned Gastown is the perfect neighborhood to explore. Biking around the gorgeous Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver is rivaled only by hiking and skiing on nearby Grouse Mountain, which offers stunning views of the city on clear days.

Vancouver International Airport is conveniently close to downtown, and also one of the biggest gateways for international travel on the West Coast of North America. From Vancouver, it's easy to travel into the U.S. to Seattle by bus or train, or to other B.C. destinations like Kamloops and Kelowna to experience more of the province's natural beauty.

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?

Vancouver, BC - Pacific Central Station - CAVACAMT-0

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Main departure station: Pacific Central Station

The historic Pacific Central Station is Vancouver’s primary train station for Amtrak and VIA Rail service, as well as a bus station for numerous carriers. The impressive Beaux-Arts style station opened in 1919, and is within walking distance of Science World, Strathcona Park, and the lively Gastown neighborhood. Plus, walking just across the street from Pacific Central Station gives you access to Vancouver's SkyTrain public transit system at the Main Street–Science World station. With free WiFi, restrooms, and several restaurants and shops on the premises, Pacific Central Station is a convenient place to start or end your trip.

All train stations in Vancouver:

  • Pacific Central Station

  • Victoria Bus Depot - Capital City Station

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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