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Trip Summary

There is usually just one train option from Vancouver to Portland per day. The average train journey from Vancouver to Portland takes 8 hours and 20 minutes, though some trains might be a few minutes slower or faster.

Distance261 mi (419 km)
Fastest train8h 20m
Lowest price€60.61
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Cascades
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Vancouver to Portland

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)

4.3

4.0

Maryam

22 December 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: I could enjoy the scenery and relax, which is not possible when I’m driving. Getting through the border was efficient and quick. Also enjoyed the dining car. Cons: Being on time. Tips: Take the train, it’s greener than driving individual cars, and less stressful than flying.

4.0

Jariyawadi

29 August 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: Everything was good except the announcement on the train was not loud enough and not clear enough. It was so difficult to understand. Cons: The sound system on the train. (Announcement). Tips: Travelling by train is fun and relaxing.

5.0

deb

19 November 2022- Couples trip

Amtrak

Pros: Scenic landscapes. Cons: Please please bring back the train to Vancouver. The bud was great with friendly and helpful drivers. But we were somewhat disappointed that we had to take a bus when we planned on train travel.

4.0

Arla

23 July 2022- Vacation

Amtrak

Pros: It got me to where I needed to go. Cons: Too noisy with kids running wild. Tips: Be prepared to be late!!

5.0

Gloria

11 September 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: ability to walk around on the train. Cons: the wifi was there but a bit spotty in most places.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Vancouver to Portland is €103.70, Tickets are generally pricier for this train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. By booking your trip at least 12 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 €9.62 more.

Average prices by travel date

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The average cost of a one-way train trip from Vancouver to Portland is expected to fluctuate between €101 and €146 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Portland in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Vancouver is €101.

Monthly average prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Vancouver to Portland often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in January when the average ticket price is only €62,

If you're thinking of traveling from Vancouver to Portland during August, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of €97 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in August, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Vancouver to Portland. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 12 days before departure, you can save around €9.62. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Vancouver to Portland?

Amtrak Cascades is the one and only train line which connects Vancouver to Portland. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Cascades18h 21m€108.26
  • 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 Vancouver to Portland, and the average train ticket costs .

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Vancouver and Portland is approximately 261 miles, or 419 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 20 minutes,

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

Monday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Vancouver to Portland. 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 Sunday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Vancouver at 07:00 and arrives in Portland around 8 hours later.

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Portland with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Portland to Vancouver.

City Information

Vancouver

Vancouver is a trendy diverse city in British Columbia, known for its eclectic shopping, fresh seafood, and unique scenic setting between snow-capped mountains and urban beaches. Vancouver is sometimes called "Hollywood North" due to the amount of movies and TV shows filmed in the area. If you're lucky, you may even stumble upon a movie set as you're walking around town!

If you're looking for the best restaurants, shops and nightlife, cobblestoned Gastown is the perfect neighborhood to explore. Biking around the gorgeous Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver is rivaled only by hiking and skiing on nearby Grouse Mountain, which offers stunning views of the city on clear days.

Vancouver International Airport is conveniently close to downtown, and also one of the biggest gateways for international travel on the West Coast of North America. From Vancouver, it's easy to travel into the U.S. to Seattle by bus or train, or to other B.C. destinations like Kamloops and Kelowna to experience more of the province's natural beauty.

Portland

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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 of 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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Vancouver?

Vancouver, BC - Pacific Central Station - CAVACAMT-0

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Main departure station: Pacific Central Station

The historic Pacific Central Station is Vancouver’s primary train station for Amtrak and VIA Rail service, as well as a bus station for numerous carriers. The impressive Beaux-Arts style station opened in 1919, and is within walking distance of Science World, Strathcona Park, and the lively Gastown neighborhood. Plus, walking just across the street from Pacific Central Station gives you access to Vancouver's SkyTrain public transit system at the Main Street–Science World station. With free WiFi, restrooms, and several restaurants and shops on the premises, Pacific Central Station is a convenient place to start or end your trip.

All train stations in Vancouver:

  • Pacific Central Station

Where is the train station in Portland?

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

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Main arrival 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.

Train stations in Portland:

  • Union Station

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