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About Amtrak Cascades

The Amtrak Cascades is a passenger train service operated by Amtrak that serves the Pacific Northwest. The train line runs between Vancouver, BC and Eugene, OR, connecting a total of 13 cities, including Seattle and Portland.

Railroads have offered train service between Portland and Seattle since 1925, and Amtrak took over passenger rail operations of the route in 1971. Amtrak is the largest passenger train service in America, and after adding the Portland to Seattle service to its national railroad network, the train carrier expanded the line north into British Columbia and further south into Oregon. In 1999, the service was renamed the Cascades after the majestic Cascade mountain range that the route parallels, with individual trains named after mountain peaks in the Northwest like Mount Rainier and Mount Hood. Although Amtrak’s Coast Starlight also offers train service from Seattle to Eugene, the Cascades is the only Amtrak train which travels into Vancouver, BC.

The Cascades runs 216 daily trips and, depending on your route and when you book your ticket, you can expect to pay between $5.00 and $135.00. While on board, you can enjoy free WiFi, power outlets, reclining seats, and you’ll be able to purchase snacks and refreshments, including regional coffee, microbrews, and wines, from Amtrak’s Café Service. The Cascades is known as one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, so don't miss the views of the Columbia River Gorge and other spectacular natural landscapes, best experienced from the Lounge Car.

Amtrak is an official Wanderu partner, which means you can search and book the cheapest available Amtrak Cascades tickets for your travels right here. Don't forget to enter your Amtrak Guest Rewards number at check-out so you can earn points to help you travel on this gorgeous line again and again.

Contact Amtrak Cascades

Phone number: US: 1 (800) 872-7245

Amtrak Cascades Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
RestroomRestroom
Extra legroomExtra legroom
Loyalty rewardsLoyalty rewards
Power outletPower outlet
SnacksSnacks
WiFiWiFi

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Amtrak Cascades train coverage

Daily Trips216
stations12
cities13
countries1

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Cascades

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Amtrak Cascades had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 50 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 146 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 177 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 193 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 187 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 183 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 189 reviews

Amtrak Cascades reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Cascades

(Based on 231 reviews)

4.5
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort

4.2

Timeliness

4.5

Staff

4.4

Value

3.8

Condition

4.4

Amtrak Cascades passenger reviews

4.0

Marianela

October 22, 2021- Vacation

Seattle to Vancouver

Pros: The seat was very spacious and comfy and was very convenient for us,. Cons: The communication when stop on the station.

Pros: The seat was very spacious and comfy and was very convenient for us,. Cons: The communication when stop on the station.

5.0

William

October 18, 2021- Visiting friends

Portland to Seattle

Trip but the trip was great all over the whole trip very comfortable it was on time and very concerned about very clean thank you

Trip but the trip was great all over the whole trip very comfortable it was on time and very concerned about very clean thank you

5.0

Esther

October 18, 2021- Vacation

Portland to Tacoma

Pros: The 🚻 are very clean A concern for every mother when travelling with a daughter is the condition of the bathrooms In this case , train to Tacoma had very clean ones. Cons: Just the seats.

Pros: The 🚻 are very clean A concern for every mother when travelling with a daughter is the condition of the bathrooms In this case , train to Tacoma had very clean ones. Cons: Just the seats.

5.0

Susan M

October 5, 2021- Solo travel

Seattle to Vancouver

Pros: Comfortable, beautiful view of Puget Sound you would never normally see, smooth ride, very relaxing. Cons: Nothing really. Staff were very upbeat and helpful. Tips: This was so much more relaxing than driving!

Pros: Comfortable, beautiful view of Puget Sound you would never normally see, smooth ride, very relaxing. Cons: Nothing really. Staff were very upbeat and helpful. Tips: This was so much more relaxing than driving!

4.0

Talib

October 5, 2021- Visiting friends

Vancouver to Seattle

Pros: Pleased and comfortable. Cons: Be close on ETA. Tips: No.

Pros: Pleased and comfortable. Cons: Be close on ETA. Tips: No.

Amtrak Cascades Routes & Network

Amtrak Cascades’s train network features 132 train routes that connect 13 cities serving 12 stations. On average, Amtrak Cascades performs about 216 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Cascades offers the highest number of daily train service include Tacoma and Vancouver.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Cascades

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Seattle91:30 pm6:33 am
Portland91:30 pm5:10 am
Vancouver71:30 pm4:28 am
Tacoma51:30 pm5:18 am
Eugene710:12 pm3:53 am
Salem61:30 pm2:30 am
Lacey51:30 pm4:57 am

Top States Served by Amtrak Cascades

StateCities ServedDaily TripsTop city
Oregon5223Portland
Washington8252Seattle

Most popular Amtrak Cascades routes

The train from Tacoma to Vancouver is Amtrak Cascades’s most popular route. Trips from Portland to Salem and Salem to Seattle are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Cascades routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Tacoma to Vancouver32h 12m$20
Portland to Salem11h 10m$13
Salem to Seattle45h 7m$36
Portland to Eugene12h 35m$22
Seattle to Vancouver42h 57m$27
Portland to Seattle63h 27m$27
Eugene to Seattle46h 18m$44
Portland to Tacoma52h 31m$22
Seattle to Lacey31h 16m$14

Amtrak Cascades Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Cascades tickets can be cancelled for a full refund within the first 24 hours after purchase. If more than 24 hours have passed, the cancellation policy and change fee structure for Amtrak bookings depend on the type of fare you purchased:

Saver Fare tickets: A 25% fee applies for any changes. If you cancel the trip, you will receive an eVoucher worth 75% of the original ticket price.

Value Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable up to 15 or more days before departure. If cancelled less than 14 days before departure, a 25% cancellation fee applies.

Flexible, Business and Premium Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable if cancelled or changed before departure.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable after the train has departed, so be sure to make your updates as soon as possible if your travel plans change.

If your Amtrak Cascades ticket is eligible for change or cancellation, you can do that by calling Amtrak’s customer service phone number at 1 (800) 872-7245. To cancel or change your booking online, simply go to www.amtrak.com and click on the “Modify Trip” tab in the upper right corner.

Wanderu also offers an affordable trip protection option by Allianz Global Assistance that you can purchase when booking your tickets. In addition to 24-hour assistance during your trip and coverage for lost or damaged baggage, trip protection can help you get your money back in case you need to cancel or change your trip. You can file a claim to have any Amtrak change or cancellation fees reimbursed if you cannot travel due to covered reasons such as illness, extreme weather, or required work shifts.

Amtrak Cascades Train Guide & FAQs

Do Amtrak Cascades trains have WiFi?

Yes, Amtrak Cascades offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Cascades will have WiFi as advertised, some trains might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Amtrak Cascades WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

Are there power outlets or USB plugs on the train?

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Amtrak Cascades trains. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Amtrak Cascades might sometimes use replacement train vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

What is Amtrak Cascades's schedule?

On a typical day, Amtrak Cascades has 216 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

No, Amtrak Cascades does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Do you need an ID to get on the train?

Yes, Amtrak Cascades requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the train. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

What are Amtrak Cascades’s COVID-19 policies?

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about Amtrak Cascades’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are there bathrooms on Amtrak Cascades trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Cascades trains. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Are meals or beverages available?

Amtrak Cascades provides snacks to satisfy your hunger during your travels. Be sure to pack a credit card and some cash in case you get hungry.

Do you have to print your Amtrak Cascades ticket?

Amtrak Cascades does not require a printed ticket to board the train. Instead, an eTicket is sent to you by email when you make your reservation. You can use your smartphone to show this eTicket to the ticketing agent as you board.

Does Amtrak Cascades offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Amtrak Cascades goes the extra distance to deliver premium features to its customers.

Do you find yourself squished in a regular seat or just love having extra room to sprawl out? Well you’re in luck as Amtrak Cascades offers extra legroom seating. Since there is no standard of what extra legroom is, the extra space you get may vary between train lines, but getting extra is always good.

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