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Other ways to get from Portland to Salem

There are usually 9 daily bus trips from Portland to Salem.

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£16.45
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£12.57
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Trip Summary

You can pick from 9 daily train trips between Portland and Salem. The average train journey from Portland to Salem takes 9 hours and 55 minutes, but some Amtrak train trips are as short as one hour and 10 minutes.

Distance44 mi (70 km)
Fastest train1h 10m
Lowest price£8.71
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Portland to Salem

(Based on 15 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

David L

22 November 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: That I got to my destination in no time. Cons: If kids were in a separate train car so that if a person needs to sleep they would be able to. But I guess they have sleeping cars for that.

4.0

Abigail

20 November 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

The bus driver was very accommodating and helpful to everyone

5.0

Guy

12 October 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak

Pros: Great experience, good scenery, excellent driver. Tips: Avoid the train take Amtrak Bus.

5.0

Mark

26 June 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: lots of friendly Amtrak workers. clean and efficient train. on time. Cons: PA system with train announcements was not working well. Tips: think about which way the train is going regarding seating facing your destination or going backwards. We did not do this and went backwards which wasn't as bad as I thought it might be.

5.0

Fernando

3 June 2023

Amtrak

Pros: Alsome ride. Cons: Some background music. Tips: Relaxin ride.

What is the price of a train ticket from Portland to Salem?

The average price for a train ticket from Portland to Salem is £56.80, By booking your trip at least 29 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay £22.26 more.

Average prices by travel date

£95£63£32JulJul

For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Portland to Salem will range from £67 to £89. If you're planning to travel by train to Salem in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Portland 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

£79£63£48£32£16ASONDJFMAMJJ

Ticket prices for the train from Portland to Salem often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in November when the average ticket price is only £18,

If you're thinking of traveling from Portland to Salem during December, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of £70 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in December, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

£99£79£59£40£203020100

By booking your train trip from Portland to Salem on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time, you can save about £22.26 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Portland to Salem?

There are 3 train lines with service from Portland to Salem. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 7 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak711h 2m£82.40
Amtrak Cascades11h 10m£8.81
Amtrak Coast Starlight11h 14m£26.25
  • 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 7 Amtrak trains from Portland to Salem every day, as well as 9 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £9.

  • 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 1 trips on the Amtrak Cascades from Portland to Salem, 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 Portland to Salem takes 1 hours and 14 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at £12.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Portland to Salem. 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 Portland and Salem is approximately 44 miles, or 70 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 55 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 10 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Portland to Salem on Friday. Tickets for Friday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Monday. Monday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Portland at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 21:00. 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 9 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Salem. 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 Salem to Portland.

City Information

Portland

Portland, OR - PDX-0

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Portland, OR - PDX-1

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Portland, OR - PDX-2

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Portland is the largest city in Oregon and accordingly one the state's best vacation destinations. 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.

Salem

Salem, OR, US - SAM-0

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Salem is the capital of Oregon and one of the state's best vacation destinations. Nestled in the Willamette Valley, the city is rich with outdoor activities, diverse cuisine, and sites reflecting Oregon's history.

The Deepwood Estate, a mansion built in 1893, runs tours that share early Salem history. Explore the surrounding gardens at Deepwood or walk the many paths in Bush's Pasture Park to discover their lush plant life. The Willamette River that runs through Salem is a gorgeous spot to fish, kayak, or board the historic Willamette Queen steamboat for a dinner cruise.

Salem's charming downtown overflows with local coffee shops, cafés, and restaurants serving fresh fare and the best wines from the Willamette Valley. The Saturday Farmers Market near the state capitol serves up fresh produce alongside live music and food trucks.

Many bus services operate in Salem, including Jefferson Lines, FlixBus, Shuttle Oregon, and the Amtrak Thruway. Amtrak's Coast Starlight line also stops in Salem, heading to LA and Seattle, as well as the Cascades, going to Vancouver and Eugene, Oregon.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Portland?

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

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Main departure station: Union Station

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.

All train stations in Portland:

  • Union Station

  • Pacific Central Station

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

Where is the train station in Salem?

Main arrival station: 500 13th St SE

Salem has one train station.

Train stations in Salem:

  • 500 13th St SE

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