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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Portland to Salem. Traveling by train from Portland to Salem usually takes around 3 hours and 3 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in one hour and 10 minutes.

Distance44 mi (70 km)
Fastest train1h 10m
Lowest price£9.34
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Portland to Salem

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

David

6 May 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Very easy to use. Comfortable. Cons: N/A.

Pros: Very easy to use. Comfortable. Cons: N/A.

4.0

Jorge

4 February 2022- Business

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: It was better than I expected. Cons: Providing updated info about delays and maybe a local wifi for entertainment. Tips: Travel by train!

Pros: It was better than I expected. Cons: Providing updated info about delays and maybe a local wifi for entertainment. Tips: Travel by train!

5.0

Paul

11 February 2020- Business

Amtrak Coast Starlight

First time train traveler. It was Fun!!

First time train traveler. It was Fun!!

5.0

Carolyn

2 November 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: It was comfortable & on schedule. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Just sit back & relax.

Pros: It was comfortable & on schedule. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Just sit back & relax.

4.0

Ruben

3 June 2019- Business

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: The trip was expected to be on public transportation by bus and turned it to be on Amtrak train I was surprised and very happy to see you that and check would make the switch. Cons: Stuff could be challenging to find at times. When searching for stacks and travel...

Pros: The trip was expected to be on public transportation by bus and turned it to be on Amtrak train I was surprised and very happy to see you that and check would make the switch. Cons: Stuff could be challenging to find at times. When searching for stacks and traveler had to ask other Travelers because of lack of staffing. Tips: Be sure to have a ticket ready when a boarding Amtrak.

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

In the last month, £20.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Portland to Salem. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 4 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £4.51 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£51£34£17NovDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Portland to Salem will vary between £11 and £41. Planning a train trip to Salem within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Portland over the next 7 days is £16. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

£189£152£114£76£38DJFMAMJJASON

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Portland to Salem by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for November. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £13 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Portland to Salem in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £182 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

£189£152£114£76£383020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 4 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Salem from Portland will be about £4.51 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

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 3 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak34h 22m£32.91
Amtrak Cascades11h 10m£12.11
Amtrak Coast Starlight11h 12m£16.75
  • 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 Salem every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £9.

  • 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. There are an average of 1 trips on the Amtrak Cascades from Portland to Salem, and the average train ticket costs .

  • 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. A trip from Portland to Salem takes 1 hours and 12 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at £11.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Salem?

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.

How long is the train journey from Portland to Salem?

The distance between Portland and Salem is approximately 44 miles, or 70 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 3 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

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

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Portland at 10:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 18:00. 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 Salem?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. 4 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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