How to get to Vancouver by train
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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.
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.
Popular train stations in Vancouver:
Pacific Central Station
What train companies travel to Vancouver, British Columbia?
Located in British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver is accessible by train from 67 other cities. You can choose from 174 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Vancouver on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.
Train companies serving Vancouver
|Train||Routes||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Amtrak||104||1d 1h 54m||$190.81|
|VIA Rail||16||1d 23h 21m||$203.97|
|Amtrak Cascades||13||4h 7m||$45.22|
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.
VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories. In addition to being completely green-certified, VIA Rail’s new, state-of-the-art trains feature amenities such as free reliable Wi-Fi, wide aisles, ergonomic seats, and wheelchair lifts in every accessible car. VIA Rail is known for its unparalleled customer service and snazzy black and yellow paint scheme.
Which train carrier has the best service to Vancouver?
Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Vancouver by train with Amtrak Cascades giving them a 4.4 rating out of 5.
Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Cascades had the most comfortable train service to Vancouver taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Cascades offers. They rate Amtrak Cascades a 4.3 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.
If you are looking to arrive to Vancouver punctually, travelers suggest that VIA Rail has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Vancouver, rating them a 5 based on their on time arrivals.
Frequently Asked Questions
The main train station in Vancouver is Pacific Central Station. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Vancouver.
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