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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Seattle to Whitefish. Traveling by train from Seattle to Whitefish usually takes around 20 hours and 16 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Builder train can make the trip in 13 hours and 41 minutes.

Distance374 mi (601 km)
Fastest train13h 41m
Lowest price€73.08
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Seattle to Whitefish

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Karen

3 March 2020- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: The train was clean, roomy and so relaxing. Driving to the station, parking, boarding all very smooth. Train ride was stress free, calm and I arrived rested! Cons: More snack and food choices and WIFI.

Pros: The train was clean, roomy and so relaxing. Driving to the station, parking, boarding all very smooth. Train ride was stress free, calm and I arrived rested! Cons: More snack and food choices and WIFI.

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

In the last month, €123.52 was the average price of a train ticket from Seattle to Whitefish. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 17 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €58.52 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€225€150€75MayJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Seattle to Whitefish will vary between €101 and €224. Planning a train trip to Whitefish within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Seattle over the next 7 days is €101. 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

€117€94€70€47€23JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Seattle to Whitefish by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for May. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €74 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Seattle to Whitefish in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €110 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

€187€150€112€75€373020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 17 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Whitefish from Seattle will be about €58.52 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Seattle to Whitefish?

2 train services operate from Seattle to Whitefish. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak122h 30m€153.31
Amtrak Empire Builder113h 41m€93.43
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Seattle to Whitefish every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €80.

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  • Amtrak Empire Builder

    Amtrak Empire Builder

    The Amtrak Empire Builder is a long-distance passenger rail service that has been in operation since 1929. The full 2,200-mile route takes 45 hours to connect Chicago with the Pacific Northwest. Don’t let the length of the trip intimidate you; the Empire Builder is one of Amtrak’s most popular services, and often rated as the most scenic train route in the country. The sightseer lounge, home to enormous windows, is the perfect place to drink in the incredible views of the Mississippi River, the North Dakota Plains, Glacier National Park, and the Columbia River Gorge. Overnight trips on the Empire Builder include the option to book sleeper cabins, for a more comfortable journey and included meals. All passengers can purchase meals or snacks in the cafe car.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Seattle to Whitefish 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 Seattle to Whitefish?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Seattle to Whitefish. 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 Seattle to Whitefish?

The distance between Seattle and Whitefish is approximately 374 miles, or 601 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 20 hours and 16 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 13 hours and 41 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Thursday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Seattle to Whitefish. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Thursday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Saturday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Seattle at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 16:00. 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 Seattle to Whitefish?

Trains leave the station in Seattle twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Whitefish faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

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

Station Information

Where is the train station in Seattle?

Seattle, WA - King Street Station - SEAAMT-0

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Departure 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.

All train stations in Seattle:

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • Union Station

  • 1301 W 11th St

  • 110 10th Ave SW

  • 500 13th St SE

  • 422 E. 25th St.

  • Ferry Dock

  • 210 Railroad Ave

  • 211 Railroad Ave

  • Sounder Rail Station - 7301 Longacres Way

  • 6600 Yelm Hwy SE

  • 433 Willamette St

  • Pacific Central Station

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

  • 501 S First Ave

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