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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Tacoma to Seattle. Traveling by train from Tacoma to Seattle usually takes around 57 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Cascades train can make the trip in 52 minutes.

Distance25 mi (40 km)
Fastest train0h 52m
Lowest price£9.53
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Cascades
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Tacoma to Seattle

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Jane

11 January 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Trains are so much roomier than buses, off the highway, getting on s train to anywhere can conjure up thoughts of pleasant trips taken, of trips to plan…of places to go…..!!!🤗. Cons: Waiting room chilly. Tips: Choose train whenever you can. Get information abou...

Pros: Trains are so much roomier than buses, off the highway, getting on s train to anywhere can conjure up thoughts of pleasant trips taken, of trips to plan…of places to go…..!!!🤗. Cons: Waiting room chilly. Tips: Choose train whenever you can. Get information about the countryside you will pass through; travel as lightly as you can!

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5.0

Elizabeth

22 July 2021- Couples trip

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: I liked how friendly the staff were at the train stations and on the train. They were always happy to answer any questions I had and made me feel comfortable to ask them. Tips: Make sure to read through all of the instructions on your tickets. Try to arrive at yo...

Pros: I liked how friendly the staff were at the train stations and on the train. They were always happy to answer any questions I had and made me feel comfortable to ask them. Tips: Make sure to read through all of the instructions on your tickets. Try to arrive at your train station a little earlier than departure time.

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5.0

Marilyn

16 July 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Watching the scenery. Cons: Bathrooms could be cleaner. Assigned seating would eliminate the hunt for a seat. Tips: Enjoy.

Pros: Watching the scenery. Cons: Bathrooms could be cleaner. Assigned seating would eliminate the hunt for a seat. Tips: Enjoy.

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

In the last month, £9.99 was the average price of a train ticket from Tacoma to Seattle. 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 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £6.40 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Tacoma to Seattle will vary between £10 and £14. Planning a train trip to Seattle within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Tacoma over the next 7 days is £10. 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

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Traveling from Tacoma to Seattle by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around £11 whenever you decide to board the train to Seattle.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Tacoma to Seattle remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Tacoma to Seattle?

2 train services operate from Tacoma to Seattle. Amtrak Cascades usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Cascades30h 54m£11.65
Amtrak Coast Starlight11h 8m£10.39
  • 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 3 trips on the Amtrak Cascades from Tacoma to Seattle, 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 Tacoma to Seattle takes 1 hours and 8 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at £10.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Tacoma to Seattle 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.

How long is the train journey from Tacoma to Seattle?

The distance between Tacoma and Seattle is approximately 25 miles, or 40 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 57 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 52 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Seattle.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Tacoma to Seattle are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Tuesday 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 Tacoma at 10:00 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.

Is there a direct train from Tacoma to Seattle?

There are 4 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Tacoma to Seattle.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Seattle to Tacoma.

City Information

Tacoma

Tacoma has seen some hard times in recent years, but the city is receiving many new revival attempts, turning it into a charming town with its own unique attractions. For those interested in the history of the city, as well as the creativity of its residents, head towards the Museum District, which houses numerous interesting museums such as the Tacoma Art Museum and the Washington State History Museum. While in the area, don’t miss out on the chance to marvel at the architectural ingenuity of the Bridge of Glass. If you wish to enjoy a bit of outdoor air, diving into the cold water of American Lake in Lakewood in the morning is bound to make you happy.

Seafood has always been among Tacoma’s finest offerings, and the best place to enjoy these dishes is Duke’s Chowder House, which features a bay view. For a more exquisite taste, head over to Indochine, a pan-Asian restaurant featuring mouth watering dishes.

The main bus station and the Amtrak train station in Tacoma are both located on Puyallup Ave near downtown, just a few blocks from each other. Tacoma is served by Amtrak’s Cascades and Coast Starlight lines. The city’s main airport is Seattle–Tacoma International and it sits 22 miles north of the city.

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 Tacoma?

1001 Puyallup Ave  - TACAMT-0

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1001 Puyallup Ave  - TACAMT-1

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Departure stations

The Amtrak station in Tacoma is located at 1001 Puyallup Ave, just north of I-5 and very close to the Tacoma Dome. Local Sound Transit commuter rail uses the station, as well as Amtrak’s Coast Starlight from Seattle to Los Angeles and Cascades from Vancouver, BC to Eugene. The bus terminal at 510 Puyallup Ave is connected to the train station complex for easy transfers to local or intercity buses. The station complex includes two parking garages and a customer service center with restrooms and vending machines. Nearby attractions in Tacoma include Freighthouse Square, a shopping mall inside an old depot, and several museums like the Washington State History Museum and Museum of Glass.

All train stations in Tacoma:

  • 422 E. 25th St.

Where is the train station in Seattle?

Seattle, WA - King Street Station - SEAAMT-0

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Arrival stations

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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