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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Portland to Vancouver. Traveling by train from Portland to Vancouver usually takes around 8 hours and 30 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 8 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance261 mi (419 km)
Fastest train8h 15m
Lowest price£52.19
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Portland, OR to Vancouver, BC

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Henry

16 August 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Didn’t have to contend with traffic. Cons: Not too much - would be great if passenger trains were given greater priority than freight trains but we know that’s not going to happen here! Tips: Bringing extra food and drink is a good idea especially when food bar g...

Pros: Didn’t have to contend with traffic. Cons: Not too much - would be great if passenger trains were given greater priority than freight trains but we know that’s not going to happen here! Tips: Bringing extra food and drink is a good idea especially when food bar gets too busy!

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5.0

Nicole

30 July 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Love this train with the leather seats. The staff is always nice and helpful. Cons: I don't like the other train, the one with the cloth seats. (The wi-fi didn't work as well on that train last time, either.) They are so much smaller and less comfortable. The bat...

Pros: Love this train with the leather seats. The staff is always nice and helpful. Cons: I don't like the other train, the one with the cloth seats. (The wi-fi didn't work as well on that train last time, either.) They are so much smaller and less comfortable. The bathrooms could be cleaned mid-trip, I suppose but it's not too bad. And those last two hours inching into Vancouver can be excruciating but I imagine that can't be helped. Tips: Wait until everyone is seated then go find a seat by yourself. The staff is usually pretty cool about this as long as you don't stray too far from the rest of the people with your shared destination.

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4.0

Hariharan

25 May 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: The overall experience is very pleasant. This combined with the scenic views makes it really enjoyable. Cons: Canteen could carry more choices for vegetarians and vegans. The journey from Portland and Vancouver gets delayed. This is the second time it has happene...

Pros: The overall experience is very pleasant. This combined with the scenic views makes it really enjoyable. Cons: Canteen could carry more choices for vegetarians and vegans. The journey from Portland and Vancouver gets delayed. This is the second time it has happened to us of the 3 journeys taken so far. The wifi works on the side of the US and not in Canada for some reason. The speed could be better.

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Price trends for trains from Portland to Vancouver

Monthly average prices

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Which train should you take from Portland to Vancouver?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak38h 30m£58.39
  • 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. On average, there are 3 Amtrak trains from Portland to Vancouver every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £52.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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.

Can you take a train all the way from Portland to Vancouver?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Portland to Vancouver, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

How long is the train journey from Portland to Vancouver?

The distance between Portland and Vancouver is approximately 261 miles, or 419 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 30 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 15 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?

Trains from Portland to Vancouver are the most crowded on Tuesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Portland at 08:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 15:00. 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 Portland to Vancouver?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Vancouver to Portland. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Portland to Vancouver for £23.20.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Portland?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Portland.

Where is the train station in Vancouver?

Arrival stations

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.

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