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Trip Summary

9 trains operate daily from Salem to Vancouver. The train trip from Salem to Vancouver is usually about 2 hours and 55 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Cascades train can get you there in as little as 2 hours.

Distance51 mi (83 km)
Fastest train2h 0m
Lowest price£11.88
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Salem to Vancouver

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Margrit

20 January 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: It was my first time traveling with Amtrak, never expected to be that good. Train was on time, arrived on time clean and spacious seat, views were wonderful. Cons: I believe everything was good. Tips: I highly recommend Amtrak, comfortable seats for long distance, I am planing to travel to Idaho.

4.0

jacob

5 June 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: It took me to my destination. Cons: Open bar?

5.0

George

31 August 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: I could only print my receipt but not the ticket itself. No problem, as I was checking in the agent was able to print one for me. Thank God for good guys like that agent. Cons: No improvement needed. Tips: Yes, I plan to go to Seattle and return to Vancouver.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Salem, OR to Vancouver, WA is £11.88, This is one of the best deals we’ve seen for train fares recently. By booking your trip at least 18 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 £11.54 more.

Average prices by travel date

£36£24£12JulJul

Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from Salem to Vancouver will cost between £18 and £28. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly average prices

£40£32£24£16£8ASONDJFMAMJJ
You can find the lowest prices on this route during February. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Salem to Vancouver, with the average price at just £14. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in July, when the average price goes up to £21. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

£40£32£24£16£83020100

If you're looking to save on your train trip from Salem to Vancouver, book online with Wanderu at least 18 days in advance. That way, you’ll save £11.54 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Salem to Vancouver?

There are 3 train lines with service from Salem to Vancouver. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 6 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak63h 22m£21.56
Amtrak Cascades22h 0m£15.93
Amtrak Coast Starlight12h 9m£26.06
  • 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 6 Amtrak trains from Salem to Vancouver every day, as well as 6 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £16.

  • 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 Salem to Vancouver, 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 Salem to Vancouver takes 2 hours and 9 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at £14.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Salem to Vancouver. 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 Salem and Vancouver is approximately 51 miles, or 83 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 55 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours, Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

Monday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Salem to Vancouver. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Monday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Wednesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Salem at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 17:00. 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. 3 of these are direct connections to Vancouver. 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 Vancouver to Salem.

City Information

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.

Vancouver

Vancouver, WA, US - VAN-0

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Vancouver sits on the northern banks of the Columbia River in Washington and is the state's fourth most populated city. The surrounding Cascade Mountains offer incredible Pacific Northwest adventures. Mount Saint Helens and Mount Hood, two snow-topped volcanoes, are within short drives of Vancouver for easy access to hikes and ski runs. Beacon Rock State Park includes a trail to the summit of a monolithic rock formation. Plus, the Columbia River Gorge is easily one of the best destinations in Washington for breathtaking scenery.

Vancouver is located just across the Columbia from Portland, and Interstates 5 and 205 have north to south bridges connecting Portland to Vancouver. Within the city, you will find Vancouver's mass transit system, C-Tran, to get around with ease.

Several Amtrak services operate from Vancouver, including the Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, and Cascades routes. If you're arriving by air, the nearest airport is Portland International Airport, just a few minutes' drive from downtown Vancouver.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Salem?

Main departure station: 500 13th St SE

There is one train station in Salem.

All train stations in Salem:

  • 500 13th St SE

Where is the train station in Vancouver?

Main arrival station: 1301 W 11th St

Vancouver has one train station.

Train stations in Vancouver:

  • 1301 W 11th St

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