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Other ways to get from Portland to Vancouver

There are usually 2 daily bus trips from Portland to Vancouver.

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€53.91
Avg. Price
€92.31
Daily Trips
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5
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Trip Summary

5 trains operate daily from Portland to Vancouver. The train trip from Portland to Vancouver is usually about 10 hours and 5 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Cascades train can get you there in as little as 7 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance261 mi (419 km)
Fastest train7h 50m
Lowest price€78.57
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Portland to Vancouver

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

4.3

4.0

Maryam

28 December 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: I could relax and enjoy the scenery, not possible when driving. Cons: Being on time. Tips: Take the train and help the. environment.

4.0

Jariyawadi

31 August 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: I love travelling by train. Cons: The sound system on the train. Need to be louder and clearer. Tips: Just sit back and relax. It's safer to travel by train.

4.0

Patricia

15 June 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: The Business class experience was very good, as were the views, particularly after Seattle. Cons: The train arrives far too late into Vancouver. We were unable to see many of the reputed spectacular views because it was dark. Being half an hour late as well made it challenging in terms of accommodation.

4.0

Niusha

16 December 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak

Cons: Plug in for charger. Tips: Plug in for charger.

5.0

Gary L

4 July 2022- Vacation

Amtrak

Pros: Stress free travel. Amtrak staff extremely helpful, courteous and informed. Cons: Nothing.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Portland to Vancouver is €81.94, By booking your trip at least 25 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 €20.34 more.

Average prices by travel date

€112€75€37JulJul

For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Portland to Vancouver will range from €80 to €105. If you're planning to travel by train to Vancouver in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Portland you can find in the next 7 days is €84. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during February. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Portland to Vancouver, with the average price at just €70. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in August, when the average price goes up to €90. 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

€94€75€56€37€193020100

If you're looking to save on your train trip from Portland to Vancouver, book online with Wanderu at least 25 days in advance. That way, you’ll save €20.34 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Portland to Vancouver?

2 train services operate from Portland to Vancouver. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 4 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak410h 38m€92.69
Amtrak Cascades17h 51m€103.44
  • 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 4 Amtrak trains from Portland to Vancouver every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €79.

  • 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 Vancouver, and the average train ticket costs .

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Portland 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 Portland and Vancouver is approximately 261 miles, or 419 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 10 hours and 5 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 50 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.

Trains departing from Portland to Vancouver tend to have the most passengers on Thursday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Thursday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Monday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Portland at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 14:00. 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 5 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Portland to Vancouver. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

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

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.

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

Where is the train station in Vancouver?

Vancouver, BC - Pacific Central Station - CAVACAMT-0

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Main arrival 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.

Train stations in Vancouver:

  • Pacific Central Station

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