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Tacoma-Seattle Train Timetable

Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Tacoma to Seattle. Traveling by train from Tacoma to Seattle usually takes around 58 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Cascades train can make the trip in 55 minutes.

Distance25 mi (40 km)
Fastest train0h 55m
Lowest price£8.63
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Cascades
Train lines2

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

In the last month, £9.23 was the average price of a train ticket from Tacoma, WA to Seattle, WA. 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 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £6.53 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 £9 and £15. 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 £9. 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 £9 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, Washington to Seattle, Washington. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Cascades10h 55m£11.55
Amtrak Coast Starlight11h 6m£8.91
  • 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 Tacoma to Seattle, and the average train ticket costs .

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 58 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 55 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 Friday. 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 22:00. 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?

Trains leave the station in Tacoma twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Seattle with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Seattle to Tacoma. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Tacoma to Seattle for £0.72.

City Information

Seattle

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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.

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?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Tacoma:

Other train stations in Tacoma:

  • 1001 Puyallup Ave

Where is the train station in Seattle?

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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.

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