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Trip Summary

There are 21 daily trains from Portland to Salem. Traveling by train from Portland to Salem usually takes around 38 hours and 3 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in one hour and 10 minutes.

Distance44 mi (70 km)
Fastest train1h 10m
Lowest price€12.27
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Portland to Salem

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

David

6 May 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Very easy to use. Comfortable. Cons: N/A.

Pros: Very easy to use. Comfortable. Cons: N/A.

4.0

Jorge

4 February 2022- Business

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: It was better than I expected. Cons: Providing updated info about delays and maybe a local wifi for entertainment. Tips: Travel by train!

Pros: It was better than I expected. Cons: Providing updated info about delays and maybe a local wifi for entertainment. Tips: Travel by train!

5.0

Paul

11 February 2020- Business

Amtrak Coast Starlight

First time train traveler. It was Fun!!

First time train traveler. It was Fun!!

5.0

Carolyn

2 November 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: It was comfortable & on schedule. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Just sit back & relax.

Pros: It was comfortable & on schedule. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Just sit back & relax.

4.0

Ruben

3 June 2019- Business

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: The trip was expected to be on public transportation by bus and turned it to be on Amtrak train I was surprised and very happy to see you that and check would make the switch. Cons: Stuff could be challenging to find at times. When searching for stacks and travel...

Pros: The trip was expected to be on public transportation by bus and turned it to be on Amtrak train I was surprised and very happy to see you that and check would make the switch. Cons: Stuff could be challenging to find at times. When searching for stacks and traveler had to ask other Travelers because of lack of staffing. Tips: Be sure to have a ticket ready when a boarding Amtrak.

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

In the last month, €142.68 was the average price of a train ticket from Portland to Salem. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 19 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €68.17 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€255€170€85MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Portland to Salem will vary between €136 and €245. Planning a train trip to Salem within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Portland over the next 7 days is €137. 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

€71€57€42€28€14JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Portland to Salem by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €14 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Portland to Salem in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €71 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

€142€113€85€57€283020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 19 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Salem from Portland will be about €68.17 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Portland to Salem?

There are 3 train lines with service from Portland to Salem. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 19 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak191d 16h 49m€169.50
Amtrak Cascades11h 10m€13.20
Amtrak Coast Starlight11h 13m€13.46
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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 19 Amtrak trains from Portland to Salem every day, as well as 14 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €12.

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  • 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 Portland to Salem, 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 Portland to Salem takes 1 hours and 13 minutes on average, and Coach tickets start at €12.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Portland to Salem 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Portland to Salem?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Portland to Salem. 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.

How long is the train journey from Portland to Salem?

The distance between Portland and Salem is approximately 44 miles, or 70 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 38 hours and 3 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 10 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Portland to Salem on Tuesday. Tickets for Tuesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Friday. Friday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Portland at 00:00 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 Portland to Salem?

There are 21 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Salem. 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 Salem 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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Portland?

Spokane Intermodal Center - 221 W 1st Ave  - SPKAMT-0

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Spokane Intermodal Center - 221 W 1st Ave  - SPKAMT-1

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Departure stations

The Spokane Intermodal Center on 1st Ave is Spokane’s primary hub for bus and train service. The city’s original train station was built at this location in 1891, and the red brick building has since been remodeled and expanded to include intercity bus service, too. Today, passengers can catch the iconic Amtrak Empire Builder train along its route from Chicago to Seattle or Portland, or hop on a FlixBus US or Jefferson Lines bus heading to destinations throughout the Northwest. The station is just north of I-90 and centrally located in Spokane, within a mile of the sprawling Riverfront Park, the Spokane Convention Center, and Gonzaga University.

All train stations in Portland:

  • Spokane Intermodal Center - 221 W 1st Ave

  • Penn Station

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

  • Union Station

  • Whitefish Cmnty Library

  • Union Station

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • 55 Dick Rd

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • Newark Penn Station

  • Hawthorne Station

  • Sunset Transit Center/TriMet Station

  • 1301 W 11th St

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

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