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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Seattle to Vancouver. Traveling by train from Seattle to Vancouver usually takes around 6 hours and 49 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Cascades train can make the trip in 4 hours,

Distance121 mi (195 km)
Fastest train4h 0m
Lowest price€25.20
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Cascades
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Seattle to Vancouver

(Based on 19 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Karen

10 December 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Cons: I dictators on platform as to which direction the train will be traveling. As there were seats facing opposite directions, it would help to know front facing in the direction of travel. Tips: B Lavatory sink upper ward water pressure rele765 542ase function causes excessive water pressure to spurt out creating b.

5.0

John

7 September 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

The relaxed travel instead of rushing.

4.0

Kimberly

17 July 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: LOVE Amtrak. Cons: A bit friendlier Amtrak staff. Tips: Get there early to get seat(s) you prefer.

4.0

Kristina

17 July 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Cascades

Pros: It was our first time on an Amtrack train so I liked seeing the ocean. Cons: Clean the windows! They were filthy. We could barely see out. Tips: Upgrade!! The economy class seats are very small and close together. Have even number of family members or you will sit with a stranger when the train picks up new passengers.

4.0

Parvin

6 June 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Cascades

It was calm and clean

Seattle to Vancouver Route Map

Seattle Vancouver

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

In the last month, €42.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Seattle, WA to Vancouver, BC. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. 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 €29.07 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€98€65€33FebMar

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Seattle to Vancouver will vary between €32 and €96. Planning a train trip to Vancouver within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Seattle over the next 7 days is €48. 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

€233€187€140€93€47MAMJJASONDJF

Ticket prices for the train from Seattle to Vancouver often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in March when the average ticket price is only €40,

If you're thinking of traveling from Seattle to Vancouver during June, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of €217 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in June, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

€70€56€42€28€143020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Vancouver from Seattle will be about €29.07 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Seattle to Vancouver?

Amtrak Cascades is the one and only train line which connects Seattle to Vancouver. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Cascades36h 49m€54.94
  • 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 Seattle to Vancouver, and the average train ticket costs .

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the train route from Seattle to Vancouver—the Amtrak Cascades—is well-known for its scenic beauty. Gaze out the window at gorgeous ocean views during this trip, especially if you are able to find a seat on the left side of the train. In addition to the ocean, you can expect to see rolling mountains, quaint towns, ports and beaches.

Yes, all passengers are required to travel with a passport or other valid proof of citizenship when commuting between Seattle and Vancouver BC. Alternative forms of ID include an Enhanced Identity Card, an Enhanced Driver’s Licence or a Trusted Traveler Program Card (such as a FAST). All passengers must show valid identification before boarding. Crossing the Canada-US border without a valid ID is not allowed.

When your train arrives at the border, all passengers at that time must disembark and subject their belongings to a security screening. Unclaimed belongings will be removed by customs officials at that time.

The distance between Seattle and Vancouver is approximately 121 miles, or 195 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 49 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours,

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 from Seattle to Vancouver are the most crowded on Monday. 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 Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Seattle at 07:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 18:00. 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 3 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Vancouver. 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 Vancouver to Seattle.

City Information

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.

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 Seattle?

Seattle, WA - King Street Station - SEAAMT-0

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Main departure station: King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

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.

All train stations in Seattle:

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • 433 Willamette St

  • 1301 W 11th St

  • Sounder Rail Station - 7301 Longacres Way

  • Union Station

  • 422 E. 25th St.

  • 501 S First Ave

  • 6600 Yelm Hwy SE

  • 500 13th St SE

  • 110 10th Ave SW

  • 1757 Washington St

  • 210 Railroad Ave

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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