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City Information

Portland is the largest city in Oregon and one of the key travel hubs in the Pacific Northwest. 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

Located in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown area at 800 Northwest Sixth Avenue, Union Station features a glowing neon sign encouraging you to “Go By Train.” Union Station serves several iconic Amtrak routes including the Cascades through the Pacific Northwest, the scenic Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle, and the long-distance Empire Builder which travels all the way to Chicago. Along with train service, Union Station serves intercity bus service via Greyhound, and connects to the Portland Streetcar, MAX Light Rail, and several local TriMet buses. There is a restaurant and bar onsite, as well as a Metropolitan Lounge reserved for Amtrak’s first- and business-class passengers.

Popular train stations in Portland:

  • Union Station

What train companies travel to Portland, Oregon?

Located in Oregon, Portland is accessible by train from 81 other cities. You can choose from 232 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Portland on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Portland are also available.

Train companies serving Portland

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak401d 23h 30m$206.80
Amtrak Empire Builder371d 7h 4m$135.78
Amtrak Coast Starlight2813h 48m$63.61
Amtrak Cascades112h 19m$23.90

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Portland?

$5.00 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Portland, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Portland. In the last month, trains from North Plains to Portland had the lowest average price at $5.00. In general, these cities tend to have the cheapest trains to Portland:

Where is the train station in Portland, OR?

The main train station in Portland is Union Station. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Portland.

Which train service has the best service to Portland?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Portland by train with Amtrak giving them a 4.6 rating out of 5. Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Empire Builder had the most comfortable train service to Portland taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Empire Builder offers. They rate Amtrak Empire Builder a 4.6 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard. If you are looking to arrive to Portland punctually travelers suggest that Amtrak Cascades has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Portland, rating them a 4.5 based on their on time arrivals.

What is the closest airport to Portland, OR?

The closest airport to Portland is Portland Intl Airport (PDX), it is located 5.9 miles from the city center of Portland.

Is Portland a popular train travel destination?

Portland ranks number 33 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 163 in United States. Portland has the most train connections in the region. There are 123 train schedules arriving in Portland each day.

What is the population of Portland?

The population of Portland is 632309. Portland ranks number 15 in terms of population in Oregon and number 99 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to Portland cost?

Train tickets to Portland range from $5 for a short trip to Portland, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Portland starts at , and a longer trip by train to Portland can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $7 .

What type of traveler does Portland attract?

People who take the train to Portland are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Portland easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What train station is located closest to the city center of Portland?

The closest train station to the city center of Portland is Union Station, located just 0.4 miles away. Select Union Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Portland. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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